Plan Ahead: Winterfests near Boston

Free, family-friendly adventures await in Boston, Quincy, and Revere.

Three children in winter coats jump on an inflatable bouncy platform at Boston Common.

The annual Winter Children’s Festival gathers families at Boston Common for outdoor fun — even if there’s no snow on the ground.

Photo Credit: Isabel Leon for the Mayor’s Office

One major plus of living in New England is that the winter wonderlands don’t melt away after Christmas. Whether you happily embrace the colder temps, or you’re looking for a fun way to defrost your February, check out these free winter festivals taking place around Boston this month.

Revere Beach Winter Wonderland | Saturday, Feb. 3 | Waterfront Square | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Choose between fire and ice at the inaugural Revere festival, where world-class artists will craft ice sculptures as residents gather around fire pits with hot chocolate and other treats. In between hearing live music and browsing a local marketplace, grab a bite at one of the on-site food trucks, or save your appetite for the chili cook-off.

Quincy Presidents’ Day Winterfest | Monday, Feb. 19 | Various locations | 1-7 p.m.
Here’s your chance to take a selfie with George Washington. A green screen selfie booth, fire-juggling performances, and ice sculpture demonstrations await at Quincy’s Winterfest, which spans City Hall, the Church of the Presidents, and heated tents at Hancock-Adams Common. Elevate the experience at one of the ticketed events (think: puppet shows and live reptile + birds of prey demonstrations).

Boston Kids Winter Fest |Thursday, Feb. 21 | Boston Common Parade Ground, the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Out of winter break activity ideas? This family-oriented afternoon will have crafts, live music, and giveaways to keep the kids busy for hours. Keep an eye out for an inflatable fun house, alpine slide, and trackless train rides, plus a “snow throw.”

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