The holiday season is in full swing. For many, that might mean having to swing right into fertility treatments to continue in sync with your cycle.
Kick Off the Holidays with Some of the Boston Area’s Celebrated Activities
If you find yourself here in Boston for fertility treatments in the weeks leading up to Hannakuh and Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of our staff’s favorite holiday activities to help you breathe deep, take pause, and enjoy the beauty of the season.
If you’ll be here for your two week wait (TWW), we also recommend reading our post, The Two Week Wait: Boston’s Survival Guide.
1. Shop in one of Boston’s many holiday markets
The Boston area has a variety of holiday markets – both inside and outdoors – all of which provide a festive and lighthearted way to tick the boxes on your holiday shopping lists. It’s a wonderful way to support our local business owners, artisans, and other vendors.
The biggest market is the SoWa Winter Festival and Holiday Market, where you can watch ice sculptors in action, sip delicious cocoa, visit 130+ vendors, and step in and out of the area’s wonderful shops and galleries. Visitors can also participate in DIY holiday workshops to express their creative side.
2. Take a holiday lights tour
Holiday lights abound in this area, and there are so many different parks and neighborhoods that intentionally create displays for the public good. One example is the Middleborough Tourism Committee, who put on a holiday lights display at the Boston/Cape Cod KOA campground.
Other area light show favorites include the Marshfield Holiday Light Show, North Shore Holiday Lights Show, and the very unique, GoPixelYourself Selfie Museum at CambridgeSide, which is an immersive video experience featuring 12 themed rooms, including a 747-jet ready for holiday flight, a virtual blizzard of snowflakes, Santa’s sleigh with live Santa visits each weekend, and other magical holiday surprises.
3. ZooLights at Stone Zoo
Are you pursuing treatment after a secondary infertility diagnosis? If so, odds are you have the kids in tow. We recommend reserving tickets at ZooLights – a family favorite event! This winter wonderland will take you on a one-way stroll through the Zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo’s 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer!
4. Gingerbread House Festival
If you’re up for a little bit of a drive, you can visit one of New England’s largest displays of amazing gingerbread houses. Just over an hour outside of Boston, The Friends of Wood Memorial Library are in their 11th year of hosting their incredible Gingerbread House Festival. This year, they’ve teamed up with The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, where shop owners have agreed to incorporate the amazing creations in their storefront window displays to keep them socially distant. The nice thing about this is it offers another opportunity to find those last-minute holiday wish list items.
5. Christmas By Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
If you were raised in Boston or the surrounding area, odds are you’ve been to Old Sturbridge Village more than once on a class or club field trip. At this time of year, the Northeast’s largest historical museum comes to life in the form of a candlelit village – just as it would have been more than 300 years ago.
You’ll see demonstrations of classic Christmas projects like knitting stockings, wreath making, and making natural ornaments. Travel back in time as “villagers” make a traditional Christmas meal, punch tin lanterns, make ice skates or a sled, and work on other special projects. You’ll enjoy strolling from the Common to the Countryside as you enjoy their festive, outdoor decorations, Christmas Tree Trail, and Christmas Wish Bridge. And Christmas by Candlelight wouldn’t be complete without a horse-drawn carryall ride and warming up by the bonfires.
Looking for more interest-specific holiday activities in Boston while you’re here? The compassionate team here at Fertility Solutions is happy to point you in the right direction.