Christmas in the City: Boston

We know how to party!

For many years, come December, CITC threw a party for thousands of kids and family members from families living in Boston area shelters. And what a party it was! An extravaganza featuring:

  • A red-carpet welcome parade
  • Live entertainment – including the Blue Man Group
  • Costume characters
  • Games
  • An indoor amusement park
  • A petting zoo
  • Tons of kid-friendly activities
  • Plenty of goodies to eat

Santa Claus is comin’ to town

Each child, one smile at a time, got a visit with Santa, who made sure everyone received:

  • A personalized gift from their wish list
  • A backpack or shopping bag full of toys, stocking-stuffers, hats, mittens, gloves, t-shirts, books…

And we always made sure there’s a little something for the grown-ups, too.

This was no ordinary party

We offered the things that most of us take for granted, but are often hard to access when you’re living in a shelter:

  • Health Screenings
  • Dental screenings
  • Flu shots
  • Haircuts

Why did we go all out?

Because these children and their families deserve a day that’s all about being welcomed and cherished, joyful, and worry-free. Over the years, our guests have told us that the party was:

  • A magical experience
  • A blessing
  • A day filled with joy
  • The best day of their lives
  • A life changer

And the 2,000 volunteers who staff the party told us the same things!

Since covid struck, we haven’t been able to hold the big party, but we’re hoping to bring it back in 2024.

I’ve been involved with CITC for over 20 years, and the focus remains the same: how can we make this day even better and more magical for the kids? All of us – guests, volunteers - come away each year with a renewed sense of joy and hope.

Nancy M - Volunteer: Manages all shelter relationships

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