Experience "Christmastime in the city" with special history programs every Saturday in December at the first church in New England to celebrate the holiday.
Join our Education Staff in Holiday Pop-Up Programming as well as guided tours of the bell tower, visiting the largest bell cast at famous silversmith Paul Revere's foundry.
History Programming Includes:
Scents of the Season
What did the Christmas season smell like in the 1700s? How is it similar or different to the scents we associate with Christmas today? Try your nose at identifying historic holiday scents and learn about how people decorated for Christmas in the past.
Christmas Bells are Ringing! Make Your Own Bell
Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong! Christmas bells are ringing! Did you know King’s Chapel has the largest bell Paul Revere’s bell foundry ever made? The bell, made in 1816, hangs above the church entrance and rings twice a week. Children of all ages can make their own mini bell at this station.
The Holly and the Ivy: The History of "Decking the Halls"
When King's Chapel first "greened" the church for Christmas, Bostonians were shocked. Uncover the history behind decorating with greens and discover how King's Chapel would have looked for Christmas over the years.
Trim the Tree! Make a 19th Century Christmas Ornament
Discover the history of Christmas trees in America and their ornaments, and make your own ornament inspired by the first Christmas trees in the 1800s.
Did people sing Christmas songs in the 1700s? What Christmas songs do you know that you think date back to the 18th century? Learn what Christmas songs written back then are still sung today.
Did you know celebrating Christmas was illegal in 17th-Century Boston? Try your hand at trivia questions and learn fun facts about the history of Christmas in New England.