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The City of Boston and guests from the Province of Nova Scotia will celebrate the 81st Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 1.
The City of Boston’s signature holiday celebration returns on Thursday, December 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and title sponsor Province of Nova Scotia host the 81st Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting adjacent to the Visitor’s Information Center at 139 Tremont Street.
This is the 51st 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.
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, and Rudolph along with musical performances by 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.
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, and Rudolph. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision.
The event is supported by WCVB Channel 5. A sampling village will feature giveaways.
View our list of 13 holiday tree lightings around Boston here.