One Night Only - Friday, December 4th, 2009,
Take a Trip Back in Time to Old Italy and Lower Prices at
The 3rd Annual Buon Natale Holiday Stroll
In Boston’s North End
For one night only, on Friday, December 4th, slow down, shun the holiday rush, and come back to a time when shopping was as much a part of the festivities as opening gifts. Begin a holiday tradition leisurely shopping and dining in Boston’s historic, Italian North End at the 3rd Annual Buon Natale Holiday Stroll. From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. participating North End boutiques, galleries, and studios are offering significant sales and discounts for Stroll shoppers only.
Plan a romantic evening with your sweetheart or a festive night out with friends enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will make an appearance at The Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel which is offering a special room rate for Holiday Strollers who want to stay in Boston for the evening. Validated parking for the Parcel 7 Garage also will be available at selected locations.
Thanksgiving Traditions and Christmas Controversies
Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009
9:30 AM – 4:15 PM
Did early Bostonians celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas? Would Paul Revere put up holiday decorations, or exchange gifts with his many children? How did people in colonial Boston mark the darkest season of the year? Come to the Paul Revere House, home of Boston’s favorite patriot, to find out. We invite you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, even tastes of the holidays in colonial Boston!
Costumed interpreters in the Revere House, c. 1680, and neighboring Pierce-Hichborn House, c. 1711, will acquaint visitors with colonial thanksgiving traditions and controversies surrounding the observance of Christmas. Both houses will feature period appropriate displays of tropical fruits, prized by the colonists for their bright colors as much as their sweet flavors. Discover why Boston banned any observance of Christmas at times during the 1600’s. Learn how by the Reveres’ era, even Puritans sometimes treated themselves to delectable thanksgiving feasts scheduled suspiciously close to December 25, and visited Anglican churches to enjoy the greenery and festive music.