Mayor Menino Kicks-Off Holiday Special and Encourages People to Enjoy Holidays in the City
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November 08, 2011
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Today, joined by costumed performers from various shows around Boston including Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell and the Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, Mayor Thomas M. Menino kicked off the 8th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special program. Designed to reinvest every dollar patrons spend on theatre, dance and music tickets back into the Boston arts community, the program helps to sustain and grow local cultural events in the city by providing special deals on tickets at The program also helps to attract more people to shop and spend at local small businesses in Boston’s main streets districts.

“The arts are so important to Boston, to enjoying life, and to attracting businesses here, and the Mayor’s Holiday Special is an important part of keeping our arts scene vibrant,” Mayor Menino said. “This program has saved ticket buyers over $2 million and put even more directly into the arts economy. I encourage everyone to see a show, enjoy a festive meal, shop in your local neighborhood, stroll among the holiday lights and create holiday memories you’ll cherish forever.”

For the first time this holiday season 360°’s production of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” is featured on City Hall Plaza inside the show’s specialized 360-degree tent. This is also the debut year for the Boston Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester.

Deals on feature:

  • 75 amazing holiday theater productions and performances;
  • Thousands of half-price seats for sales, more than ever before;
  • A restaurant voucher worth $10 for a festive meal at dozens of restaurants throughout the city;
  • And the full calendar of free and low-cost holiday festivities from tree lightings to open studios and more.

In its eighth year, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has sold enough tickets to fill Fenway Park more than twice or Symphony Hall 33 times, attracting patrons to shop locally and enjoy all that Boston has to offer. Last year, the $10-dollar restaurant voucher garnered thousands of downloads for several area restaurants.

The 8th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special is produced in collaboration with ArtsBoston and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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