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Boston is a delicious smörgåsbord of separate and very distinct neighborhoods. It also offers a banquet of diverse activities centered around various aspects of its personality. Christmas is yet another theme. One that presents the city at its unified best as everyone takes part in preparations.

Could this be Four Seasons in a playful mood?

Could this be Four Seasons in a playful mood?

For all of its noise, glare and harshness, city life is a balancing act of high energy and excitement, tempered by sophistication and glamor.

One of the very few freestanding homes on Beacon Hill

One of the very few freestanding homes on Beacon Hill

Boston meets this challenge by retaining its old world charm as it wrings out the best of contemporary life, like any other world class city. It has been a leading hub of commerce and political discourse for 382 years as one of the first territories to be settled by Europeans entering the New World.

The city’s buzz and glam fluffs up a few notches at the holidays when the entire city indulges in Christmas spirit. To visit at this time of year is a unique way to be introduced to the city and an excellent reason to return. Bostonians and visitors alike cherish this season when the city shimmers.

The Boston Common is lit up

The Boston Common is lit up

Don’t pile your plate too high; there’s so much going on in a city of this size and versatility, that it makes sense to unwrap its gifts one at a time to savor it.

A Beacon Hill window

A Christmas tree glows through this Beacon Hill window

While the cost of living is quite expensive, there is so much to enjoy for free there’s no reason to go for broke–unless that’s the plan! There is no shortage of expensive and luxurious temptations, but the best way to experience the city’s vibe and culture is to simply walk its neighborhoods and check out popular public spaces to discover what it is Bostonians love about their city.

Boston Harbor Hotel Rink-usa.greekreporter.com

Boston Harbor Hotel at the waterfront  Rink-usa.greekreporter.com

And that’s how we’ll proceed on this Christmas stroll….one slice at a time. We’ll visit Beacon Hill, Charles Street, The Boston Common, Back Bay,

The Boston Public Garden and a few of the many hotels that are festive and merry.

“Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmastime in the city.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiylxtASG4c

This tiny green space, enjoyed as a pleasant sitting area, reflects the season

This tiny green space, enjoyed as a pleasant sitting area, reflects the season

Wait a minute! There is one very old Christmas tradition Boston is missing: where are the hot roasted chestnuts?

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