About Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City (CITC) is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to helping relieve the impact of homelessness and poverty on Boston-area children and their families.


Boston’s Christmas in the City runs non-denominational holiday events for children and families experiencing homelessness and poverty, and throughout the year is always on the lookout for ways to help those in need. Founded in 1989, Christmas in the City is a 100% volunteer organization with a strong ethos of “community caring for community.” Read our story »

We’ve had a tremendous roster of supporters over the years who have generously provided us with volunteers, goods and services.

While we do many things, the heart of Christmas in the City – and its roots – is with the annual party for families experiencing homelessness. A number of years ago, our wonderful supporter Vikki Marinescu, who is one of the many grateful patients Jake has helped at KBPT, took pictures at the party and compiled them into this extraordinary video.  If you’re wondering what makes Christmas in the City tick, this is it!

Have questions? Check out our FAQ.

CITC is a reminder of the kindness, generosity, and compassion that exists in our community .

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Christmas in the City is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to CITC are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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All 2020 Live Events Canceled

Due to COVID-19, all live events for 2020 are canceled. However, we are STILL helping shelters celebrate the holidays. Although we will not be holding our traditional public events this year, we remain steadfast in our commitment to helping Boston area families in need.

We are working directly with a number of the shelters to make sure that families experiencing homelessness will still have a joyful holiday season. So we are still in need of financial donations, as well as wishlists and other items for the families and for the shelters we’re working with.

You’ll find information on how you can get involved here. This is a work in progress! Over the next month or so, we’ll be supplying more detail on our needs, drop off locations, etc. And financial donations are always welcome.

Learn more about how YOU can still help!