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Magical Holidays Begin at Downtown Crossing #DTXHolidays

If you haven't been to Downtown Crossing lately, the holidays are the perfect time to discover amazing restaurants and shops.

The holiday season kicks off with the annual Macy's Holiday Tree Lighting on Black Friday (Nov. 24th). There will be kids activities in the lower lever of Macy's starting at noon, including face painting, balloon art and more.

The Boston Children’s Choir is slated to sing, as is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, who may sing the holiday classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Singer-songwriters Bea Miller and Sam Tsui are both planning on taking part in the festivities.

At 5 pm the Macy's holiday windows will be displayed and then Mayor Martin Walsh, New England Patriot Mike Gillislee and Santa Claus will lead the countdown to lighting the tree.

Enjoy the National Center of Afro-American Artists' "Black Nativity" at the Paramount Theater and the Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Boston Opera House. Find the perfect gift thanks to the largest collection of jewelers in New England.  Enjoy walking Boston's historic streets all lit up for the holidays. With live holiday-themed music, entertainers and more -- DTX promises this holiday season will be magical. Also, use the hashtag #DTXHolidays to spread the word on social media.

Take a peek at our holiday magic.


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Santa Claus will be outside of Macy's on Summer Street on weekends through Dec. 23rd from noon to 2 pm and 3 to 4 pm. It is free to visit Santa, but please bring your own camera if you want to snap a photo with St. Nick. 

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Come and hear the holiday music of our three four-piece strolling holiday bands and three four-piece strolling caroling groups. They will be roaming the downtown Boston area daily from noon to 2 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm through Dec. 23rd. After Christmas through New Year's Day there will be one holiday band performing daily from noon to 2 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm.

We are also bringing wonderful harmonies to you with our three four-piece strolling caroling groups daily from through Dec. 23rd from noon to 2 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm. They will be singing holiday-themed songs throughout the downtown Boston area. 

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The musical group Sweet Harmony will be performing on weekends outside of Macy's on Summer Street from Nov. 25th through Dec. 23rd from 12:30 to 3 pm. They will be performing hits from the 1970s through today, including holiday-themed songs.

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The all-male a cappella group Vocal Revolution will be performing on Summer Street outside of Macy's this holiday season. The group were the 2016 winners of WGBH's Sing That Thing, Vocal Revolution, will be singing barbershop-style melodies on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st from 5:50 to 6:30 pm. All performances are free to attend.