This Thursday, December 2, from 6-8 pm, the City of Boston will be hosting its 80th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Boston Common. The event will include the lighting of the official Christmas tree of Boston, as well as the lights for surrounding trees in the Common.
Boston’s official tree this year is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce tree from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. As last year’s lighting ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19, this year’s lights should shine particularly bright this year!
Before the tree lighting ceremony, be sure to check out the Frog Pond for the Skating Spectacular show performed by the Boston Skating Club.
Special guests throughout the evening will include Mayor Wu, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston, and the Grammy Award-winning artist Darlene Love. Not to mention that Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty the Snowman are also rumored to make an appearance!
Once the tree and the rest of the Common are shining bright, the ceremony will close with a fireworks display.
What’s the deal with Nova scotia and Boston, you might be wondering? Well, the history between the two locations goes back hundreds of years to 1917, when the city of Boston sent relief supplies up to Nova Scotia when there was a deadly ship explosion in the Halifax Harbor. Here’s a video explaining the history of the friendship between us and our Northern friends.
If you can’t make it to the show, have no worries: WCVB channel 5 will be covering it as well, starting at 7pm.
Find the official Christmas Tree of Boston adjacent to the Visitor’s Information Center at 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
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