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Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating Spectacular

Official Website:Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating Spectacular
Location:Boston Common, Boston, MA map
Phone:(617) 635-4505
Dates:Thursday, December 1, 2016
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating SpectacularJoin The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a FREE figure skating ice show featuring national and international competitive figure skaters, soloists, groups, wee skaters, and Team Excel Synchronized Skating and Theatre On Ice of Boston teams. Ring in the New Year with friends, family and a fantastic show!

Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for The Boston Common Tree Lighting ceremony.


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.


  • 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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