Christmas in the City Boston: For 2020, canceled due to COVID

We know how to party!

In December, CITC throws a party for 6,000 kids and family members from families living in Boston area shelters. And what a party! 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, gets a visit with Santa, who makes sure everyone gets:

  • 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 like to make sure there’s a little something for the grown-ups, too.

This is no ordinary party

We offer 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 go all out?

Because these children and their families deserve a day that’s all about being welcomed and cherished, joyful, and worry-free. Our guests tell us that the party is:

  • 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 tell us the same things!


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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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!