It looks like Boston finally got that holiday makeover we've all been waiting for. Boston Winter, as the festive wonderland has been named, debuted yesterday at City Hall Plaza with everything from skating, shopping, entertainment, food, and of course, booze.

Partnering with the Boston Garden Development Corp, the city has turned the once bleak and barren area in front of City Hall into something worthwhile. A rejuvenation of the space, if you will.

Open seven days a week, the shops will operate through December (so enough time to get your last minute holiday shopping in), and the rest of the village will close the last week of February. But apart from the basics, here are 7 other things you might want to know about the anticipated Boston Winter.

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The opening was delayed due to WARM weather.

Possibly the first time Bostonians have ever cursed the temperature for not being cold enough.

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It features New England's first custom designed outdoor skating path.

Spanning around 11,000 square feet, the loop snakes around the now infamous Boston letters and a bounty of pine trees artfully placed in the middle of the plaza.

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There are 42 wooden cottages, or as the city is calling them, "European-style chalets." Fancy.

They sell things from clothes to holiday decor to tasty treats, with about 60% of the booths being local businesses. One of the cottages even belongs to the man in red himself.

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Yes, there is alcohol.

And you can find it at the "Urban Lodge," AKA beer garden, that will serve beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. "Vinopolis" offers wine tastings while the Bavarian Village provides mulled wine among other German necessities (think bratwursts, pretzels, fondue, sauerkraut).

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The lights on the Christmas tree actually pedal-powered.

And you can hope on a bike and help keep the lights a'glowin'. During Chanukah, a Menorah (also illuminated by Boston's eager bicyclists) will join the limelight.

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Pets are allowed...on Tuesdays.

That's right, on Tuesdays, pet owners are invited to bring their pets to snag a pic with the holly jolly old man. But on all other days of the week (with the exception of service animals of course), pets are not permitted. 

Hours of operation:

  • Chalets // Sunday - Thursday, 11am - 7pm // Friday & Saturday, 11am - 8pm
  • Ice Rink // Sunday - Thursday, 11am - 9pm // Friday & Saturday, 11am - 10pm

For more information, check out Boston Winter's website, here.

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