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. Generations have enjoyed and continue to treasure Boston's tree lighting celebration. Twenty-five thousand people of all ages attend the event, which has grown to include a festive stage show with nationally known talent. Join us in the countdown as Mayor Walsh illuminates Boston's official tree and trees on Boston Common and the Public Garden bridge.
Before the lighting, be sure not to miss the Frog Pond Ice Skating Spectacular at 5pm:
The Province of Nova Scotia returns as title sponsor as they commemorate the 101st anniversary of the disaster which led to its special bond with Boston. This marks the 47th year Nova Scotia has given a tree to the residents of Boston as thanks for relief efforts following the December 6, 1917, explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor. Within 24 hours of this disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was en-route from Boston to Halifax. For the 20th consecutive year, the event will be televised live on WCVB-TV Channel 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More about Nova Scotia's annual Christmas tree for Boston:
On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax harbor causing a devastating explosion which killed nearly 2,000 people and left hundreds more severely injured and homeless. Nova Scotia will never forget the support Boston provided, and to say thank you, the province will once again give the people of Boston the gift of a beautiful Christmas tree. For decades, this tradition has honored the kindness Bostonians offered Nova Scotians in our time of need. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the explosion.
Important dates about the tree:
Wed, 11/13 at 10:30am – tree cutting ceremony, Trenton
Fri, 11/15 at 12pm – tree send-off event at Grand Parade, Halifax
Sat, 11/16 at 6pm – The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights, Halifax
Thu, 12/5 at 6pm – Boston tree lighting pre-show, Boston Common
Thu, 12/5 at 7pm – Boston tree lighting with live broadcast, Boston Common