When it comes time to plan your winter vacation, a lot of people think about heading south to the beaches of Florida, or hitting the coast of California. But, what better way to experience winter than in a place like Boston?

Not only does Boston sparkle with all the white holiday lights and a little dusting of snow, but there are actually a ton of fun (and inexpensive) things to do in the city during the winter.

Let’s check some out!

Skate Frog Pond
Though decidedly lacking in frogs, this little pond is a staple in Boston Common. During the winter, the Frog Pond freezes over and offers public skating on a daily basis, including skate and locker rentals. Going at dusk provides an incredible experience while soaking in the holiday music.

Sip Hot Cocoa
To take a break from the chill, one of the best things to do in Boston is slip inside a café and enjoy some hot coco. A little pick me up, a little people watching and after a relaxing break, you will be ready to head back outside. For some of the best in Boston, try Flour Bakery’s spicy hot coco.

Catch Some Hockey
One thing that Bostonians love is hockey. And it’s no surprise that Boston has some of the best professional and college hockey teams in the country. If you are in Boston during the winter and looking for an inexpensive night out, catch a game at Boston College, Northeastern or Boston University.

Embrace the Winter

Once you spend a few hours wandering around a brightly lit up Boston during a brisk winter night, you will fall in love with Boston!

Have you been to Boston in winter? Do you have any recommendations for enjoying the season? Let us know in the comments.