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Boston Winter festival canceled for City Hall upgrades

July 4, 2018

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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