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Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

The official start of the holiday season in Boston

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The much-awaited Boston Christmas tree lighting ceremonies usually begin right after Thanksgiving in late November. By December, the city is all dressed up and shining. The switch-on ceremonies attract large crowds with free live entertainment and appearances by Santa, loved by everyone.

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Boston Common Tree Lighting (December 5, 2019)

The official Boston Christmas Tree has been lit each year since 1941 in the Boston Common. Since the 1970s, the tree has been provided every year by Nova Scotia in gratitude for Boston's assistance after the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

Boston Common Tree Lighting 2020
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Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is held on the last Thursday in November or the first Thursday in December from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. by the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St. It is conducted by the Mayor, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and, of course, Santa. About 7,000 spectacular Christmas tree lights are followed by lights on dozens of other trees in the Common. Live music and entertainment and a free ice-skating show are completed with the grand finale and fireworks.

Boston Common Tree Lighting 2020
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Holiday Trellis Lighting: Christopher Columbus Park (November 25, 2019)

The annual lighting of the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park is also done by the Mayor who switches on the 50,000 lights along the 80-m (260-ft) trellis at the beautiful waterfront. The event features music and other entertainment.

Massachusetts State House Tree Lighting (November 26, 2019)

Massachusetts State House features a giant Christmas tree in the Rotunda which lights up after Santa gives a kick-off of the holiday season in Massachusetts state.

Giant Christmas Trees and Blink! Light Show at Faneuil Marketplace (November 27–30, 2019)

Faneuil Marketplace features the largest Christmas Tree in Boston and the "Blink!" light show. The lighting ceremony takes place at the Marketplace Centre with carolers, performances and other entertainment on December 3, 2019. The music-light show Blink! runs every hour. Faneuil Marketplace also hosts Boston Tuba Christmas on November 30, 2019, where over 150 tuba players cheer the crowd with the holiday classics by the Blink! tree. You can find more details on the Faneuil Hall Marketplace website.

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting 2020
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Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting 2020
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Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting 2020
Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting
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Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting 2020
Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting
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