Written by Christine Fennelly
Hey, holiday revelers! The 13th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Specialhttp://www.mayorsholiday.com/ has just launched. This fabulous event is a two-month celebration of Greater Boston’s performing arts, featuring thousands of great deals to over 500 holiday performances, as well as dining offers and an online calendar of free festivities throughout the city.
Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston BosTix Booth locations at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The Mayor’s Holiday Special is designed to ensure everyone has an easy and affordable way to share the joy of the holiday season through arts and culture.
“The holidays are a special time for all of us to create lifetime memories with our family and friends, taking in some of the amazing performances Boston is known for,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “We want everyone to have the chance to enjoy these holiday performances and the Mayor’s Holiday Special creates that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to share the joy of the holiday season through arts and culture.”
This year, the Special shines a spotlight on many of the local favorites that have been helping residents and visitors create memories for years. Shows like the Boston Pops Holiday Pops, Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, The Christmas Revels and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn along with shows like The Nutcracker, offered by Boston Ballet, Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre and Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, or Handel’s Messiah, being performed this year by both the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque.
What’s even better is the positive economic impact to the initiative – in 2015, more than 2.2 million people attended shows during the short holiday season, generating more than $54 million to the local economy outside of ticket sales, through dinner, shopping and parking. Plus, for many of the local performing arts organizations, a strong holiday season is critical.
The Mayor’s Holiday Special is presented by Highland Street Foundation and supported by the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Boston Globe, Boston.com, Boston Central, Magic 106.7 FM, WCVB-TV, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Bank of America.