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Boston Magazine’s Winter Bucket List

Bundle up, Boston. There's good cheer to be had.


Photos via Ice Castles NH, Preservation Society of Newport County, Spencer Buell, Madeline Bilis, and Gracenote Coffee

The leaves have all fallen and the pumpkins are carved and gone. Fall is officially in the rearview mirror, which can only mean one thing: snow is coming—and soon. ‘Tis the season of hot chocolate and coats that look like sleeping bags, otherwise known as winter.

But listen, it doesn’t have to be bad! We, the editors at Boston magazine, are feeling cautiously optimistic about the cold months ahead, and decided to put our heads together to construct the ultimate winter bucket list. From snowboarding down Beacon Hill to exploring ice castles, it has all of the essentials for relatively misery-free winter in Boston. So print this out, make a spreadsheet, keep a running list in your head, whatever. Just get going—we dare you to check off everything.

(Oh, and if you think we’re missing anything, tweet us @BostonMagazine.)

☑ Discover a love of curling at the Liberty Hotel

Photo by Spencer Buell

☑ Go ice skating on the Frog Pond—without falling once

☑ Sample the city’s best mugs of hot chocolate

Photo courtesy of Gracenote Coffee

☑ Wave a Nova Scotian flag at the Boston Common tree lighting ceremony

☑ Promise to not write a threatening space saver note

☑ See a frozen waterfall on a winter hike

☑ Warm your innards with a Tom & Jerry from No. 9 Park

☑ Don a crown and explore the Lincoln Ice Castles

Photo courtesy of Ice Castles NH

☑ Visit Erbaluce before it closes after New Year’s Eve

☑ Go tubing at New England Sports Park

☑ Attempt to find the Superb Owl at the 2019 Superbowl of Birding

☑ Glean inspiration for decking the halls at these New England house museums

Newport mansion photo courtesy of the Preservation Society of Newport County

☑ Have an impromptu Boston Common snowball fight

☑ Snowboard down Beacon Hill

☑ Become a viral legend (and/or spot the Yeti)  

☑ Step inside a real-life snow globe

Photo by Madeline Bilis