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New normal, earlier holiday season: As the pandemic pushes people to get in the holiday spirit earlier than usual, Boston is no exception. The city’s earliest tree lighting was on Friday, 11/13 in the Seaport, and others will be lit a little earlier than previous years as well. Although there won’t be any in-person tree-lighting ceremonies in Boston this year, worry not, most of the city’s annual holiday light installations will return for the 2020 season. Here are six places to see holiday lights around Boston, with a few bonuses.
Info: Every year the people of Nova Scotia give a tree to Boston as a way to say thank you for the assistance Boston gave after a large explosion wrecked Halifax in 1917. A virtual tree-lighting ceremony will be held on Thursday, 12/3 at 7pm. Follow @treeforboston for updates.
Info: This is one of, if not *the* biggest annual light installations in Boston. The Comm Ave Mall will be lit for the season starting in early December.
Info: The Seaport tree was lit for the holiday season super early (i.e. 11/13). While you’re there, check out their “SNOWPORT” activation.
Info: In late November, 50,000 blue lights will illuminate 260 feet of trellis, along with 14 decorated trees nearby.
Info: Macy's annual holiday tree in Downtown Crossing will be lit for the holiday season on or around Black Friday.
Info: Although there won’t be any outdoor fanfare, the Copley Square tree will be lit for the season per usual in late November or early December.
✨BONUS LIGHTS ✨
> BEACON HILL HOLIDAY TREE
Info: Every year, the City of Boston drops a big tree off at the corner of Mt Vernon & Charles Street in Beacon Hill. No word if the tradition will continue in 2020. Check this account for updates.
> PUBLIC GARDEN LIGHTS
Info: As part of Boston Common's holiday lights installation, the Public Garden bridge and adjacent evergreens are also lit up annually. The lights will likely be activated for the season around Thursday, 12/3.
> FROG POND & STATE HOUSE LIGHTS
Info: Every year, trees near the State House and Frog Pond are illuminated for the holiday season. The installation usually goes live right after the Boston Common tree lighting, i.e. Thursday, 12/3.
> COMMUNITY BOATING ON THE ESPLANADE
Info: Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sailboat tonight? Community Boating sailing center on the Esplanade is lit for the holiday season.