Many thanks to the Boston Pops for inviting me to review the Holiday Pops Kids’ Matinee with my little one!
The Boston Pops is the stuff of legend. John Williams, the composer of Star Wars, spent his career conducting there before passing the baton to Keith Lockhart. The Boston Pops July 4 concert is known around the globe for its patriotic splendor and majestic rendition of the 1812 Overture.
Yet a lesser-known and delightful Boston Pops tradition that is created just for families is the Holiday Pops Kids Matinee. The July 4 outdoor Boston Pops concert proved quite difficult for my family to navigate (through no fault of their own—the event requires a massive security effort that can be hard on little ones). The Holiday Pops Kids Matinee provides children with a chance to view the orchestra, Tanglewood chorus, and Keith Lockhart’s enthusiastic conducting up close, and with no hassle at all.
I felt like a kid again as we took our seats in the orchestra section, where tables were arranged for families. Holiday treats were on offer for the children, and there is a full menu available for adults. Both came in handy. My son squealed with delight when he received a large ginger bread cookie that I ordered for him. I ordered eggnog for myself to get into the spirit, and, feeling famished, ended up ordering some sliders as well. I was very happy to have the convenience of lunch at the concert.
But most enchanting of all was the music. The sing-along with Santa himself conducting was nothing short of magical. A lively performance of “Frosty the Snowman,” plus countless holiday favorites, had us dancing in our seats and my son clapping his hands. There was even a surprise performance honoring a certain legendary (and green) Christmas character.
I can’t think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit than with the Holiday Pops Kids Matinee. I recommend making it a tradition for your family every year!