Friday, December 21, 2012

Boston Solstice

I prefer the long days of summer but at this time of year, I love the twinking holiday lights.  I thought it would be fun to give you quick tour Boston using the holiday lights as our guide.
I skipped work a little early and dashed over to Quincy Market just in time
to catch the cobalt blue sky of twilight.

The Christmas tree at Quincy Market.

Looking back toward Faneuil Hall seen faintly on the right,
the twilight last just about 15 minutes.

One of the Downtown Crossing stars.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is turned into a skating rink in winter.

It was nice to see so many people enjoying the night.

A view from the Boston Common toward Back Bay.

A beautiful Beacon Hill doorway.  Notice the apples and pinapple above the door!

The bridge across the pond in the Public Garden.

The trees that line the grassy mall down Commonwealth Avenue.

A peek inside a Beacon Hill townhouse.

It's fun to take a stroll down historic Charles Street in the dark
and see the shops all lit up.



Goods on Charles Street has vintage and unique items for the home.
It's always worth checking out.

Perhaps I need a present for myself!

Finally back home to enjoy the lights of the Christmas tree
and the high-definition Yule Log on cable.
The best thing about Winter Solstice is there's always brighter day ahead!


  1. What gorgeous photos! Love this time of year for similar reasons and the twinkling lights everywhere top the list without question. Thanks for sharing and a Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Beautiful photos, Steve - the sky is amazing in the first few. I think Charles Street is one of the prettiest spots in Boston. I just love it. I have not been in a while but will check out Goods when I am next there. Congrats on your tree winning top honors over at Tartanscot - I am not surprised in the least - it is the most perfectly decorated tree I have ever seen. And I can never leave An Urban Cottage without a laugh - the cable yule log is very festive.

  3. I love the twinkling lights this time of year too. It kind of makes up for the cold. January and February need to find an excuse for lights as well. The Yule log on TV is funny.

  4. How divine Christmas looks in your neck of the woods. I'd feel like the Queen if I lived in Boston. Everything looks so regal and sumptuous. Christmas this year we'll have the air-conditioning cranked up, kids will be covered in sunscreen and smelling like the beach! Merry Christmas to you, Steve. I don't come by here as often as I'd like, but everytime I do I enjoy every post I read.

  5. You can't beat the beauty of that cobalt sky with the avenue of twinkling lit up trees!

  6. WOW - beautiful photos! Even this Hebrew can get in the Xmas spirit.

  7. Steve
    Thanks so much for bringing us along with you! I LOVE the dress form and the mirror in the last picture...

  8. Thanks for the tour! I'll be glad when I have good knees for taking it myself next year!

    There is no city I've ever been in that has an evening sky like Boston's.. that blue is unique to us!

  9. Perfect Christmas cityscapes - the blue of the night sky is so deep!

  10. Gosh, Steve, those evening and nighttime photos are amazing! The lights are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this tour of Boston with us!

  11. Great photos. Mkes me long to be in Boston. Thanks for thetour,. A very Merry Christmas!!

  12. How I would love to take a stroll underneath those beautiful, twinkling trees and pass by the shops with a nice, warm Starbucks and a good friend. Thanks for sharing Steve, I really enjoyed the tour!

  13. oh how i love boston but never been at christmas, it is stunning! crazy for the allee of trees lit and the beacon hill doorway. but i think you are on to something; images inside beacon hill town homes at night!
    merry christmas steve

  14. So I'm a bit concerned about the photo through the window of the townhouse...borders on the side of night stalker...but...guess thats what you get for leaving the drapes open...

    Merry Xmas Steve...have a wonderful holiday season and a perfect 2013...all the best...R

  15. Night Stalker, indeed! I would expect no less from Mr. Urban! LOVE Boston....have only been there in summer and fall. LOVE the ghostly limbed lights and the skating!

    Have THE MOST merriest, dear Sir!

  16. Thanks for the pictures. I miss Boston, and I forgot how much I love Charles Street!

  17. I know I would love Boston. That blue sky is amazing. Happy Christmas!!!

  18. Oh, great post idea. I have visited Boston twice and was quite smitten with the beautiful historical downtown, the charming side streets, amazing homes, Quincy market (I recognize the location of that first shot), and a wonderful historical shopping street I went down (near Boston Common - maybe it was Charles St).

    Did you find anything for yourself? :)

    Happy weekend to you. Are you hosting for Christmas?

    xo Terri

  19. Beautiful pictures. Boston really does like pretty when it sparkles. Such a difference to between a dark winter street and one with holiday light!.

  20. That cobalt blue of twilight is simply stunning. Great pix!

    How I miss strolling past shops decorated for the holidays.
    Living in the sticks has REALLY brought home the fact that I am a city chick. Fingers crossed we move in 2013.
    Happy Solstice :)

  21. Congratulations on winning the 'Best Christmas Tree' Category! Your tree is truly beautiful.

  22. Thrilled to be invited along for a Christmas walk to view the lights and sights of Boston . . . Charles Street and more. Beautiful indeed.
    May a Merry Christmas be yours . . .

  23. Happy ( belated) solstice.

    You'll have to tell us how to shoot lights so beautifully.

    Won the decorated tree contest again?

    You are the man. The stylin man.

    xo Jane

  24. Merry Christmas Steve and may you have a wonderful new year. Thanks for the photos. I like the long slender logs leaning against the wall in that one shop. Looks kind of "Coloradan".

  25. Oh, that was fun. I, like you, cannot resist peeking in windows! The city lights are lovely. Just the same, it was a pleasure to return to your warm home.
    Linda in Burke, VA

  26. Thanks for that lit tour of Boston, Steve. That photo of the skaters is absolutely timeless.

  27. Beautiful and so festive! Great job on the night time photography, Steve. All my night shots are always blurry.
    Merry Christmas!

  28. Spectacular....and all for free....aren't we blessed!! Luv'd your tree (and you WON!) especially that bird cage topper!! That yule log feels great today!! franki

  29. Last night's moon was special. I stood at my office windwo, looked out and immediately ran for my camera. you captured the mode of teh moon and it;s light in you light tour of Bosotn beautifully!

    Happy Holidays!!!


  30. Boston is such a lovely city! I've always loved it. I, too, prefer the long warm summer evenings, but the lights are definitely one of the pleasures of the winter. Our (much smaller) town does a beautiful light display and I get so much pleasure from it every year. Wishing you all the best for 2013, Steve!

  31. Oh my, that first photo is stunning.
    A perfect blue.
    I loved this Boston tour, a little escape into a magical land.
    Congrats about your Christmas tree, I can't say that I was surprised, but just very happy.
    Totally deserving, you are indeed amazing.

  32. I love all the photos and I am proud to call myself a Bostonian. Hopefully, I am going in to the city next week.

    It sure is fun to walk around the city and experience all the holiday lights.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

  33. Merry Christmas Steve! Just got our first snowfall in Syracuse...strange it's so late. Your tree is beautiful this year...and the city lights are stunning! Thanks for the tour!

  34. Boston is one of my favorite cities.
    My girlfriend lives in Beacon Hill and it is magical visiting her and walking those streets any time of year.
    Merry christmas!

  35. Ooh when I lived in the Back Bay, I used to love to stroll Beacon Hill at dark and peek in the windows!

  36. Such lovely photos, Steve. Boston is a charming city. Merry Christmas.

  37. Steve,
    I enjoyed this right after you posted but in a rush I didn't have time to comment. These beautiful images have stayed in my mind....the light against the night sky...cobalt blue is the perfect color to describe it. I love cities at night, especially at Christmas and Boston sure does not disappoint. Love peeking into that Beacon hill townhouse...conjures up a line from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore...all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  38. What an enchanting evening stroll around Boston, I love the avenue of trees, quite spectacular! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Steve.

  39. What pretty pictures! I've never been to Boston; looks like a beautiful city.

  40. What a lovely post Steve! It has been many years since I've been to happiest Christmas of childhood was spent there. Thank you for the chance to see it dressed up for the holidays once again...and through your artistic eyes!
    Have a happy and blessed Christmas!
    Tracey xox

    P.S. Your photography is impressive...whenever I try to take pictures at dusk or in the evening the lights always seem to blur.

  41. Ah Steve. Those Northern hemisphere twilights are one of my favourite memories. That blue!!
    Your world and ours could not be more different than at Christmas but the magic is all the same. The hi-def Yule log cracked me up. Never heard of it before!
    Merry Christmas time to you and yours.x

  42. Steve this is by far my favorite holiday post in all of blogland. The lights around Boston are stunning. Many of your photos could be beautiful postcards or framed artwork. And that front, incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Hello! I love your pics... I was in Boston last year living there for 8 months and it was just the time of my life!! what a wonderful memories :) this city is deeply in my heart and during Xmas time is just stunning!
    Ciao ciao from Italy