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Official Website:Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating Spectacular
Location:Boston Common, Boston, MA
Phone:(617) 635-4505
Dates:Thursday, December 3, 2015
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating SpectacularMayor Martin J. Walsh and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, will host Bostonís 74th Annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Walsh is joined onstage by Premier McNeil, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Santa Claus. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by MagicFire, Inc.

WCVB TVís Anthony Everett and JC Monahan will host Channel 5ís live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring cast members from Elf: The Musical, The Voice contestant Michelle Brooks Thompson, Nova Scotiaís Dave Gunning, Black Nativity, Roald Dahlís Matilda The Musical, and Berklee College of Music's co-ed contemporary a cappella group Pitch Slapped.

The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden include the City of Bostonís official Christmas tree, a 49-foot spruce donated by Andrea and William MacEachern of Lorne in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

The lighting of the trees on the Common is made possible through the generosity of the Egan Family, the

Lynch Family, the Greater Boston Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston Bruins Foundation, Diversified Automotive Inc., John Moriarty & Associates, Thomas

A. Kershaw, Steward Health Care System, and contributions from other individuals and institutions.

The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree from Nova Scotia and trees throughout Boston Common. Refreshments and additional support will be provided by promotional sponsors Dunkiní Donuts, DAVIDsTEA, Polar Beverages, H.P. Hood LLC, Capital One 360, L.L. Bean, XFINITY, and Essential Water.

This is the 44th 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.

For more information please call (617) 635-4505, go to www.boston.gov/parks, or visit us on Facebook.

For Boston Common parking information go to www.massconvention.com/bcg.html.


Ice Show at Frog Pond: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lighting Festivities: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
See it Live on Chronicle from 7pm-8pm.


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December 4, 2014 at 5:00-6:00pm Ė Join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a FREE world-class figure skating ice show featuring national and international figure skating champions, synchronized skating and Theatre On Ice teams!


  • Get there early!

Always a great time!
I've gone to this ceremony for the past five years now and I've always enjoyed it. It's a great way to get out and enjoy the holidays with friends and family while being surrounded by people doing the same. This year in particular the short fireworks display after the tree lighting was phenomenal. Such a great event for both children and tourists alike. Not to mention it's completely free. There's not much to dislike about this, just a good old community event.
So poorly organized this year, so pathetic, boring, especially empty stage for 20 minutes in the middle of the concert. That band, packed in the plastic cube, could barely be seen and heard in such a big place and with such a big crowd. People around were complaining a lot!!! The only performance, which saved the whole thing was a band of guys with drums from Nova Scotia. Non stop bla-bla-bla about Boston Ballet followed by a Bear Dance for a few minutes... will not come next year.
Fun Times :)
Very fun, just great to be out with so many other people excited about the Christmas season. I got there at 6 and the front lawn closest to the stage was pretty sparsely populated. I went to grab some fried dough & lingered for a while checking out free sample stuff and returned to the lawn at 7. It was completely packed and even the upper lawns were getting cramped! So, advice - get on the front lawn at 6! You can't really see much on the back lawns, so you want to be closer. Wear warm stuff so you don't freeze, and don't worry about getting out - there were no problems or jams, since the Commons are so wide open. I highly recommend it!!

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