At a volunteer meeting in the Spring of 2017, we started brainstorming about fundraising for our programs. Someone wondered whether we could take advantage of the indoor amusement park we have set up for the Sunday of our holiday party. Those rides, after all, are just sitting there the Saturday before… why not invite Boston area families to come on in and help support a terrific cause? What a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Volunteer Janet Kuser put her hand up and agreed to run with the idea.
For $20 a ticket, kids have unlimited access to 20 great rides – and all proceeds go to support Christmas in the City. We make the day even more special with carolers, crafts and pictures with Santa. We ask the families who come to share in the spirit of the holiday season by donating a toy, as well – and showing their children that they can make a difference in the lives of other kids who may not be as fortunate as they are. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years: all children deserve to know that the holidays are special.
Since that first Winter Wonderland fundraiser in 2017, we’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars for Christmas in the City. And, oh yes, Janet Kuser continues to run the show.
This year’s Winter Wonderland will be held on Saturday, December 21st, from noon – 4 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Tickets via Eventbrite or at the door. (No charge for kids under 3 and, yes, the concession stands will be open.)
It’s been my pleasure to coordinate this joyful event, for such a worthy cause. And I’m grateful for the volunteers and guests for making it a success.
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.