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By Scott Roberto / December 8, 12:00 AM
Holiday Lights

Bask in the brilliance of the Boston area’s best displays of seasonal cheer

Blink! (Faneuil Hall Marketplace; pictured): Sound and light come together at the city’s beloved dining and shopping destination through January 3. Recorded music of the Holiday Pops is synchronized with 350,000 LED bulbs spread throughout the area in a seven-minute extravaganza that runs continuously every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Boston Common
: The City of Boston’s official Christmas tree—a 50-foot spruce—and the lights on the dozens of trees in America’s oldest public park make for a heartwarming holiday scene.

Christopher Columbus Park (Atlantic Avenue, North End): Arched trellises at this waterfront park are artfully adorned with blue and white lights,
creating a beautifully illuminated canopy perfect
for a romantic stroll.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall
(between Arlington Street and Charlesgate East): Promenade down this park at the center of the Hub’s grandest residential boulevard, a tree-lined wonderland bedazzled with thousands of white bulbs to create a virtual winter wonderland.

Zoolights (Stone Zoo): Just a few miles north of Boston off Interstate 93 is where you can find one of the largest arrays of twinkling lights, which illuminate exhibits housing critters like bald eagles, Canada lynx and arctic foxes from 5–9 p.m. through January 3. You can even get up close with actual reindeer and camels, and Santa himself is available for photo ops through December 23.

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