It’s late November. Time for the city of Boston to host its annual tree lighting ceremonies, turning the gloomy winter darkness into a festive display of colorful radiance. Many events include entertainment, appearances by Santa, refreshments and carol singers – so mark your calendars and bring the whole family along!
1. Annual Lighting of the Columbus Park Trellis
It may not be a traditional Christmas tree, but the iconic 260-foot trellis in Boston’s Christopher Columbus Park is a local favorite. On Monday, November 20, at 5:30 p.m., the Mayor will set 50,000 blue and white lights aglow along the trellis and 14 nearby trees. The park will remain lit with a magical glow for the remainder of the holiday season! The event includes music, entertainment, and refreshments.
2. Copley Square Tree Lighting
Copley Square is already decorated with elegant trees bearing large silver ornaments and wreaths with red bows, but the official tree lighting will take place on Monday, November 27 from 5:00pm-6:00pm. The joyous event will include appearances by Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. Chorus singers will fill the evening air with carols and The Boston Public Library is hosting a free story time and candy cane tea for the kiddies from 3-4:30pm (make reservations by calling 617-859-2282).
3. Massachusetts State House Tree Lighting
The official State House Christmas tree stands in the massive, high-ceilinged Rotunda of the building each season. This year the annual tree lighting ceremony will be held at 5pm on Tuesday, November 28, followed by an open house and visit from Santa in Doric Hall.
4. Faneuil Marketplace: Giant Christmas Trees and Blink! Light Show
Wednesday, November 29 kicks off the annual festivities at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Performers and carolers will begin their routines at 2 p.m. and the Tree Lighting ceremony and entertainment will begin at 7p.m.
The musical light show Blink! will start at 4:30 and run every hour on the half-hour through January 1 from 4:30p.m-9:30p.m. daily.
5. Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting
The big event of the season is the lighting of the official Boston Common Christmas tree, gifted to us by Nova Scotia. This year’s tree lighting ceremony and events will take place on Thursday, November 30, from 6pm-8pm near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont Street. The events begin with a free ice-skating show by the Skating Club of Boston at the Frog Pond from 5pm-6pm.
Nearly 7,000 lights will set the evening sky ablaze at 8 p.m., followed by the lighting of 80+ other trees throughout the Common and the Public Garden. The Mayor and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be present and refreshments, music, and entertainment will be provided. To close out the show, there will be a special fireworks display over the Common.