There’s no such thing as too many holiday lights
Boston’s official 2022 tree arrived on November 22 at the Boston Common by flatbed truck from Nova Scotia after a 10-hour journey! The 45-foot white spruce is a gift from landowner Roddy Townsend of Christmas Island, along with his children Angela, Carmen, and Andrew to the people of Boston!
The city had plenty of time to decorate before the 81st Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony which will take place on Thursday, December 1 at 6 PM.
The history and significance of the Boston Common Tree
The lighting of the Boston Common tree happens every first Thursday in December. It’s the official kick-off of the winter holiday season in Boston!
After a 1917 explosion in Nova Scotia’s Halifax Harbor, Boston sent emergency personnel and supplies within 24 hours of the disaster. Annually since 1971, Nova Scotia has donated a tree as a symbol of appreciation to the Bostonian people. That’s 51 mega-size trees! The story is the epitome of working together regardless of where we come from or where we are.
The 81st Boston Common Tree Lighting Celebration
On December 1, you can expect to find Mayor Wu joined onstage by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santa Claus, and Rudolph around 8 PM after the lighting of nearby Commonwealth Avenue. Atlas PyroVision will close the show with a pyrotechnic display! Enjoy giveaways and snacks from the sampling village.
It will be a full house of festivities and memories from 6 PM through the close of the ceremony at about 9 PM!