The Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony Is Taking Place Today!

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The Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony Is Taking Place Today!

But it will take place online without a public, officials say. All other lighting ceremonies have been canceled.

Save the date Bostonians! The 79th Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday, December 3. However, it will be taking place without an audience.

Unlike other years, there will no on-site event surrounding the Boston Common’s massive tree. Instead, the ceremony will be taking place online on December 3 at 7 p.m. and the event will be broadcasted on WCVB Channel 5 with hosts Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour. Mayor Marty Walsh will also be counting down the lighting virtually with Santa Claus.

“This year’s celebration reminds us of the importance of working together when we face challenges. As Boston helped Nova Scotia in 1917, the City and our residents must partner to keep each other safe and healthy from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement.  I want to thank our friends in Nova Scotia for the Boston Common tree, and I’m grateful we are still able to celebrate the holiday season virtually.”

The event will also feature performances by Grammy Award-winning Shaggy, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Hamilton’s Nicholas Christopher, Nova Scotia’s Barra MacNeils along with Sarah as well as Elizabeth MacInnis with Jenny Mackenzie.


Unfortunately, all other tree lighting ceremonies have been canceled. Faneuil Hall announced earlier this month it would be canceling its traditional Blink! show and would not be putting up a tree this year. The Seaport, Copley Square and Macy’s trees will all still make an appearance this holiday season but won’t be holding any celebrations.

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