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Boston Common tree lighting

The City of Boston and guests from the Province of Nova Scotia will celebrate the 80th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 2. 

December 2, 2021

The City of Boston’s signature holiday celebration returns on Thursday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and title sponsor Province of Nova Scotia host the 80th Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting adjacent to the Visitor’s Information Center at 139 Tremont Street.

This is the 50th year that Nova Scotia has given a tree to the people of Boston as thanks for relief efforts following the December 6, 1917, explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor.  Within 24 hours of the disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was making its way from Boston to Nova Scotia. 

“After last year’s virtual celebration it is an honor to welcome residents and visitors of all ages back to Boston Common in person to light the Nova Scotia Christmas tree and holiday lights through the park,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Our bonds of friendship and perseverance have turned the memories of a tragic day in 1917 into the tradition of this wonderful gift enjoyed by Bostonians for half a century.”

WCVB Channel 5’s CHRONICLE Co-Anchors Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour will once again host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring appearances by Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty along with musical performances by Kim Cherry, OrigiNation Dance Troupe, and a full roster of talent to be announced.

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden. Boston’s official 2021 Christmas tree is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce tree from Orangedale, Municipality of the County of Inverness, Cape Breton. The tree has been donated by the landowner L’Arche Cape Breton Community, a non-profit organization that creates safe, supportive homes and meaningful work for people with disabilities.

The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Wu is joined onstage by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty.  The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision.

The event is supported by presenting sponsor Amazon, key sponsors Exelon Generation and Bank of America, and media sponsors WCVB Channel 5 and The Boston Globe. A sampling village will feature giveaways from Xfinity, Dunkin’ seasonal drinks and snacks, cookies from Levain Bakery, eggnog provided by H.P. Hood, LLC, and Drake’s Cakes famous pastries.

Sponsors of the “Make the Common Glow for the Holidays” appeal that makes lighting of the Common and Public Garden possible include The Lynch Family Foundation and The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information please call (617) 635-4505 or go to the tree lighting page.  Check out Boston Common parking information.

December 2, 2021
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