What's better than getting your family together to enjoy a special performance for the holidays?
Doing it for half the price.
Thanks to the "Mayor's Holiday Special," a program through Mayor Thomas Menino's office, more then 13,000 half-price tickets are available to 70 of the region's most loved holiday performances, dining deals and gift ideas.
The idea behind the promotion is that all the money from the shows gets reinvested back into the Boston Arts scene, strengthening the community and providing funding for year-round performances and other initiatives.
“There’s no better time than the holidays to enjoy the Boston arts scene,” Mayor Menino said. “Whether you’re taking in the new sets and costumes at Boston Ballet’s 'The Nutcracker,' celebrating the 25th Anniversary of José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 'The Nutcracker' at The Strand, or tapping your toe along with the Holiday Pops, you’re sure to create a holiday memory you’ll cherish forever, and support local business at the same time.”
The holiday shows being offered at half-price include: "Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas" presented by Citi Performing Arts Center, "Handel’s Messiah" presented by Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque, 10th Anniversary "Christmas Celtic Sojourn" and many more. In addition to these holiday classics, there are other shows available by ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company and Blue Man Group.
“Attending a live performance is a fantastic way to get together with friends and family during the holidays,” said Catherine Peterson, executive director of ArtsBoston. “Taking time to enjoy the amazing array of live arts offerings in Boston allows you to share an experience that is totally special to our region. And every dollar spent at Mayor’sHolidaySpecial.com gets reinvested back into the local arts community helping sustain year-round arts programming for all to experience.”
The program also includes a $10 off restaurant voucher that you can use when you spent $40 at a particiapting restaurant, a 20 percent off parking coupon, and other deals on hotels and shopping.
Since its inception, The Mayor’s Holiday Special program has welcomed more than 90,000 people to holiday shows, saving ticket buyers more than $5 million and reinvesting the same amount back into the arts community.
The half-price ticket quantities are limited, and allotments change daily, so make sure you buy your tickets early.