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City of Boston traffic advisory for December 7 and 8


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The Jolly Jaunt, South Boston Catholic Academy Road Race, Hill House Tree and Wreath Sale, and Walter’s Run are taking place this weekend.

Special events taking place on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, will impact traffic and parking in Boston.  People coming into the City for the events are encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found at and information on the MBTA may be found at  Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.

Saturday, December 7

Jolly Jaunt 5K - An estimated 1,200 runners will gather on the Boston Common.  At 9 AM they will proceed to Charles Street, turn left onto Beacon Street, left onto Arlington Street, right onto Commonwealth Avenue westbound, left onto Charlesgate West, left onto Commonwealth Avenue eastbound, right onto Arlington Street, left onto Boylston Street, left onto Charles Street.

Road closures along the race route are expected to be between 8:45 AM and 10 AM, with roads being opened up as the tail of the race proceeds toward the finish line.

In addition, “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 6 AM to 12 Noon” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • Charles Street, parking meter side, from the Center Gate of the Boston Public Garden to Beacon Street.
  • Beacon Street, Boston Public Garden side, from Charles Street to Arlington Street

South Boston Catholic Academy 5K - An estimated 400 runners will gather at #866 East Broadway for a 100 yard dash beginning at 9:15 AM on East Broadway between O and P Streets; a half mile race beginning at 9:30 AM on Broadway at O Street, toward the Farragut Statue and back; and a 5 K beginning at 10 AM on East Broadway, turning left onto Day Boulevard, around the outer walkway of Castle Island, to Head Island, around Head Island Causeway, to Day Boulevard, left onto Shore Road, left onto Farragut Road, right onto East Broadway.

Road closures should be expected between 9 AM and 11 AM at these locations.  In addition, “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 8 AM to 11 AM” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • East Broadway, both sides, from O Street to P Street.

The Hill House Annual Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale will take place on Beacon Hill.  River Street, from Mt. Vernon Street to Mt. Vernon Square, will be closed to traffic from 7:30 AM to 6 PM.  In addition, “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • River Street, both sides, from Mt. Vernon Street to Mt. Vernon Square
  • Mt Vernon Street, odd side, from River Street to #127 Mt. Vernon Street
Sunday, December 8

Walter’s Run will begin at 11 AM at the YMCA, #15 Bellevue Street in West Roxbury. An estimated 400 runners will proceed to Centre Street, left onto Centre Street, right onto Mt. Vernon Street, right onto Grayfield Street, left onto Corey Street, left onto Dwinell Street, left onto Addington Road, left onto Lagrange Street, to Linnet Street, right onto Emmonsdale Road, left onto Tennyson Street, left onto Bellevue Street, finishing at the YMCA.  Traffic delays through Noon should be expected on streets along the route.

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