The 2021 holiday season won’t feel completely normal — indoor mask mandates are still in place in Boston and some surrounding communities; some restaurants require proof of vaccination; Massachusetts is still reporting over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases each day — but it will certainly be a little more normal than the 2020 holiday season. For those who enjoy indoor dining and attending events, there are many new traditions, such as holiday lunches and teas, and pop-up Hanukkah-themed cocktail bars.
Here’s a guide to special holiday season lunches, teas, pop-up bars, and markets happening around Boston (and a bit beyond) for the 2021 season. This will be updated periodically throughout the season as more restaurants and bars announce their plans; reach out to [email protected] if something’s missing.
This article was originally published on November 19, 20,21. The most recent update date appears above.
Baked Alaska at Yvonne’s.
Grand Tour(314 Newbury St. Back Bay Boston): This is the French restaurant from Select Oyster Bar. A prix fixe, 3-course holiday lunchDaily from December 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $55/person. This includes options like fish and lobster, steak frites, and red wine poached apples with cheese. You can add caviar or bubbles to your order.
Grill 23(161 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston): The venerable Back Bay steakhouse always gets dressed up for Christmas with trees, lights, and such, and there’s a special holiday lunch menu available for four days only: December 16, 17, 22, and 23, noon to 2:30 p.m. A la carte steaks are joined by a burger, wedge salad, steak frites, lobster roll, meatloaf, and more. Reserve via OpenTableCall (617) 542-2255.
Haley Henry45 Province St., Downtown Crossing (Boston): This funky downtown wine bar will be open for holiday lunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Fridays, December 3, 10, and 17. The four-course dinner is $70 MenuThis includes brown butter cake, stuffed Cavendish Qual, and other delicious dishes. Reservations available via ResyYou can navigate to the holiday event at the desired time from the main Haley Henry page. (Sibling wine bar Nathálie, located in Fenway, is also serving holiday lunch; see below.)
Nathálie (186 Brookline Ave., Fenway, Boston): Like sibling Haley Henry (see above), Nathálie is serving holiday lunch on Fridays in December (3, 10, and 17), from noon to 3 p.m., with a $70 prix fixe menu. Nathálie’s menuFive courses are available, including chocolate souffle and aged Rohan duck. Reservations available via Resy; navigate to the holiday lunch event on the desired date from the main Nathálie page.
No. No. 9 Park(9 Park St. in Beacon Hill, Boston). The Barbara Lynch mainstay will be open for holiday lunch from Thursday to Saturday, December 2nd through 23, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. They offer a la carte and a five-course tasting menu for $95 per person. There are also wine pairings available for $75 per person. View the full menus — including dishes like poached salmon with optional caviar supplement; bigoli with confit duck with optional white truffle supplement; and buche de noel — and make reservations Here.
Pêche by Saltie Girl(281 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, Boston): Opening daily at 11 a.m. starting on December 1, this new Saltie Girl offshoot — located in the original Saltie Girl space (Saltie Girl has moved next door into the larger Met Back Bay space) — is serving a prix fixe menu that focuses on three seafood dishes, including lobster frites. The meal costs $35-$55 per person and includes optional beverages and caviar. Book now Resy; look for Pêche event tickets on the main Saltie Girl page. Reservations are open one week in advance. Walk-ins are also welcome, but only on a first-come basis.
Row 34(383 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston; 300 District Ave., Burlington; 5 Portwalk Pl., Portsmouth, NH): Row 34’s Massachusetts locations are open for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the holiday season, while the Portsmouth location is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The MenuYou can also order lobster rolls, clam and shrimp bucatini, crispy oyster sliders, butterscotch pudding, and many other items. All locations will close December 22-26. Reserve Online.
Yvonne’s(2 Winter Pl., Downtown Crossing, Boston): The downtown restaurant honors its historical space — the longtime home of fine-dining icon Locke-Ober — with an a la carte holiday lunch menu that’s an homage to the Locke-Ober era. You can order crab and anchovy appetizers, roast chicken for two with black Truffle Butter; huge shrimp stuffed with lobster & Gruyere; sticky Toffee Pudding; or baked Alaska. Holiday lunch is available at noon, 12:30, 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call (617) 267 0047 for more information Reserve online.
Alice (Patriot Place at 266 Patriot Pl. Foxboro): This Alice in Wonderland-themed tearoom is open all year. It serves afternoon tea in its Queen of Hearts Room Tuesday through Sunday. From November 26 through December 31, you will find a How the Grinch Stole ChristmasThe menu includes tea, sandwiches, scones and more. $39/person for adults; $30/person for children. Reservations are recommended four to six weeks in advance if you’re trying to book for a weekend, school vacation, or special theme, like the holiday menu. There’s also a location in Mystic, Connecticut.
Courtyard Tea Room & Map Room Tea LoungeThe Boston Public Library, 232 Dartmouth St. in Back Bay, Boston: Enjoy tea, cocktails, and small sandwiches within this beautiful public library. You can choose between the Courtyard Tea Room and the Map Room tea Lounge. Both offer afternoon teas year round, Monday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Weekday pricing is $45 per person, while Saturday pricing is $59 (with a bit more food). From November 26 through January 8, though, there’s special holiday pricing every day (Monday through Saturday) — $69 per person — with A menu that’s mostly the same as the usual Saturday menu, plus a few holiday season petit fours, like gingerbread buddy and red velvet bundt cake. Reserve online
Inn at Hastings Park (2027 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington): This Lexington boutique hotel will host family-friendly holiday teas on 12/18/10/12/14/12/14/12/14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in its Town Meeting Bistro restaurant and its heated outdoor igloos. You can also enjoy tea and cocktails at the Lexington boutique hotel. MenuMini lobster rolls, savory snacks, and sweets such as cupcakes and apple cider doughnut cookies are all included. Santa will also be there to assist with gingerbread cookie decorating and other crafts. Indoor seating is $65 per adult, $45 per child (free for children three and under), or $600 for up to six people in an igloo. Reserve Online.
The Newbury Boston (1 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston): The new hotel — a revamp of the Taj, which offered afternoon tea for years — has begun hosting its own afternoon tea, with holiday dates running from November 26 through December 23 on select days (seatings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.). There will be tea sandwiches, scones, and a variety of sweets alongside Jenwey Tea, and there’s a special menu available for kids. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Highgate Charitable Foundation in support of children’s health and welfare. Reserve and prepay OnlineTickets are $99/adult, or $125 with Champagne and $60/child.
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille (Boston Harbor Hotel – 70 Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston) Afternoon tea is also available year-round, Thursday through Sunday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; there’s typically a special holiday menu available in December that’s not too different from the regular menu. Specific 2021 holiday plans haven’t been announced yet, but in any case, you can make Reservierung now. The tea service includes a variety teas, sandwiches, pastries, and tea-inspired cocktails. $50 per person includes the tea and food (cocktails are extra); add $10 for a glass of sparkling rosé.
The Vintage Tea and Cake Company Belmont, 129 Belmont St. On December 2, the holiday menu will feature finger sandwiches, traditional scones with butter and jam, as well as sweets such as chocolate peppermint bites and lemon curd mousse tarts. This is a family tradition that Adel Donegan started in 2012. Book online. Morning and evening slots are available from Thursday through Sunday in December. Some days off during Christmas. Prices start at $30 per person with some add-ons.
Holiday Cocktail Pop-Ups
Other wintery spots to warm up with a themed beverage
A Christmas-themed cocktail from The Miracle pop-up, which will be returning to many Massachusetts venues this holiday season.
Après Skate Bar at Time Out Market Boston(401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston): By Time Out’s skating rink, the Skate Bar is operating from December 10 through March 6 on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving hot cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages — boozy and non-boozy hot chocolate, hot buttered rum, hot apple cider, and more. There are also local beers available, as well as soft pretzels and liège-style waffles from Eastern Standard Provisions Co.
Committee50 Northern Ave. in Boston, Seaport District: The Seaport Greek restaurant Committee will be featuring holiday cocktails from December 1-30, including a rotating drinker served in an ornament-style vessel, hot chocolate and more.
Delux Cafe(100 Chandler St., South End, Boston): No pop-up here — Delux Cafe, a South End institution, just always looks like Christmas.
Flannel Fridays The Revere hotel(200 Stuart St. in downtown Boston): The Revere Hotel hosts festive activities in its lobby every Friday in December. Cocktails and other beverages are available by the fire pit in the adjacent lobby bar. Activities include a cappella by Tufts University’s Beelzebubs (December 3 at 7 p.m.), a DIY hot chocolate bar (December 10), and other events. Flannel shirts encouraged.
Hot Cocoa at Avery Bar, Ritz-Carlton (10 Avery St. in downtown Boston): On Saturdays in December, the Avery Bar will be serving hot cocoa with a variety toppings and holiday cookies. $15/children under 12, $18/adults. Adults can add spirits to hot cocoa for an additional fee.
Aloft Boston Seaport – Jingle & Mingle (401-403 D St. Seaport District Boston): The hotel decorates its lobby for the holiday season. It also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Some are ticketed, like wreath making and ornament-painting, while others are free and available to the public, such as live acoustic music at the Re:mix Lounge & XYZ Bar on Thursday nights, January 6 through 6. See the complete schedule Here.
The Lodge at Publico Street BistroPublico, 11 Dorchester Street, South Boston: Publico is once more transforming its indoor courtyard into a ski lodge-inspired area. The space is open Thursday through Sunday, December 9 through March 31, and features big flannel blankets and an artificial snow machine. There are also fire pits, heated lounges and a lodge-inspired snack menu, including punch bowls and Shot-Ski. The Lodge is larger this year. It takes over an old private dining space and features more couch seating (each with its own TV).
Maccabee Bar Bow Market(Variety Bar, Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville): The annual Hanukkah pop-up — spearheaded by industry vet Naomi Levy — is back for its fourth year, popping up again at Somerville’s Bow Market from November 29 through December 12, open every night. ReservationsHighly recommended. While Maccabee Bar will be headquartered at Variety Bar on Bow’s second floor (and decked out for the occasion), other Bow Market vendors will be involved this time around with various food specials and gifts available for purchase. The Latke Sour cocktail, Saus latkes, Remnant Brewing beer collaboration, jelly doughnuts by Lionheart Confections and many more will be on the menu.
Miracle at Central Tavern (31 Central St. Milford, MA): This Milford-based bar is one of many Massachusetts venues that host the annual Miracle pop-upThe, a Christmas-themed cocktail bar experience, is available at participating venues across the United States (with a few international locations). Participants set up extravagant holiday decorations and serve cocktails named after Christmas. Miracle will donate 10% of the proceeds from the Santa Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel and Santa Heads glassware sales to the charity. James Beard Foundation Open for Goodcampaign to fund independent relief efforts in restaurants. Central Tavern’s Miracle pop-up is running from November 26 through December 31, Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. Reserve online(The bar also offers other Christmas events throughout December, such as a create your own ornament night or a wreath-making evening.
Miracle at Kimpton Marlowe Hotel Lobby bar 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd. East Cambridge): Another Miracle popup. See Central Tavern above for details. Miracle is being hosted by the Lobby Bar, which will be open from Friday through Saturday at 5 p.m.
Miracle at Mystic Station(139 Pleasant St. Malden): This Malden bar will also host Miracle. See Central Tavern above for more details. From November 23rd through December 31st, Mystic Station will host the pop-up. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. Reserve onlineReservations are highly recommended and can be made up to two weeks ahead.
Sippin’ Santa at Shore Leave(11 William E. Mullins Way, South End, Boston): The South End tropical bar is hosting the Miracle pop-up’s tiki-themed sibling, Sippin’ SantaThis year’s edition will feature cocktails that are inspired by tiki classics and the holiday. Sippin’ Santa will be running at Shore Leave from November 23 through January 1. Reserve online if you’ll be eating dinner. Limited table seating and bar seating will be available to walk-ins, on a first come basis.
Seaport Snow Globe Deck 12 Yotel65 Seaport Blvd. Seaport District, Boston: The Seaport District Hotel is celebrating the season with a festively decorated rooftop lounge. A variety of cocktails and snacks will be available. A portion of December sales will also go to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Winter Garden at Anchor (1 Shipyard Pk., Charlestown): Charlestown’s multi-story outdoor gathering space is operating throughout the holiday season with heated igloos, heat lamps, and blankets, not to mention hot drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), beer, wine, and snacks. You can also find information on special events. HereReserve an igloo Here.
Wintertime gathering at Provincetown’s Canteen
Bazaar Mezzana at Bar MezzanaThe South End Italian Restaurant is hosting a holiday marketplace with local artisans and crafters from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. December 11. Brunch and drinks will also be served in the bar/lounge. Book a brunch reservation Online.
Boston Women’s Holiday Market at Speedway(525 Western Ave., Brighton, Boston): The Speedway, Brighton’s new dining/shopping destination (not all vendors are open yet, but there’s lots going on there already), is hosting Boston Women’s Holiday Market on December 12 and 19 from 12 to 5 p.m.; grab some beer at Notch Brewing and watch for food trucks onsite for snacks.
German Christmas Markets Jack’s Abby(100 Clinton St. in Framingham): This local brewery is turning their beer garden into an outdoor winter marketplace. It will be open on Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. There will be 12 vendors selling local goods, as well as plenty of beer, food and hot drinks (not to mention firepits). Keep an eye out The event pageYou can find all relevant updates on Facebook, including vendor announcements.
Holiday Market at the Canteen and Winter Lodge Provincetown, 225 Commercial St. Holiday market is back this year, lasting from the weekend after Thanksgiving to New Year’s weekend, with both indoor and outdoor portions. There are three parts to this holiday market: Saturdays and sundays will see over 20 local vendors (jewelers. artists. woodworkers. etc.) Wreaths and trees will also available. The backyard bar and food hub, which is also open on Saturdays & Sundays, offers hot drinks, hot foods, such as grilled sausages and potato pancakes, as well blankets and a skating rink. The winter lodge, which is open Friday to Sunday, is a chalet-inspired restaurant that offers three heated dining rooms as well as a variety of European winter dishes (schnitzels, pretzels, etc.). Hot drinks and snacks are available. Email [email protected] to make a reservation for the winter lodge. Get the complete schedule and details HereFor all portions of the lodge and market. Are you planning to make the trip? Here’s a guide to dining and drinking your way around Provincetown during the off-season.)
The Snowport Holiday Market (88 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): WS Development, which is behind Boston Seaport (a giant development project within Boston’s Seaport District), is hosting Snowport from November 19 through February 28, a big lineup of holiday and winter activities, events, markets, and more. Snowport’s holiday market will be running from November 19 through January 2, open daily, featuring over 60 vendors selling everything from holiday ornaments to handblown glass to alpaca throws. Tuscan Kitchen will be there with winter-themed cocktails, as well as arancinis, pizza, calzones and more. Breezy Hill Orchard, which will be selling hot cider, cider doughnuts and gingerbread treats, will also be on hand. There will be a heated tent for seating. You can find the complete schedule and details, as well as information about other Snowport activities, here The Boston Seaport website.
SoWa Winter Fest (Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston [and elsewhere around the neighborhood]): SoWa, Boston’s art and design district that plays host to various markets throughout the year, is holding A winter festival from December 3 through 12, featuring over 100 art and food vendors, Christmas trees for sale, grab-and-go French food from Brasserie’s cafe counter, winter cocktails on the mezzanine of the Power Station, a food truck lot, a heated Jack’s Abby beer garden tent, a hot chocolate hut, and lots more; view the full schedule and details Here. Entry is free Monday through Thursday. Power Station entry Friday through Sunday requires $10 tickets ($5 if purchased ahead of time). There are many parking options available.
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