Boston Winter Festival Canceled For City Hall

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's City Hall Plaza will not be a winter wonderland this year.  City officials said Tuesday the mayor is moving forward with a $60 million overhaul of the plaza, which means Boston Winter is canceled. 

 More than 300,000 people visited the festival last year for activities such as outdoor skating, a Bavarian village and a Christmas tree maze.  The city says while the festival showed the potential for activating the space, it also underscored a need for system upgrades. 

The new design for the plaza includes a seasonal fountain, a renovation of the North Side entrance of City Hall and infrastructure improvements.  

Mayor Martin Walsh says the improvements are necessary for the long-term viability of City Hall and the plaza. 

Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

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