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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 4, 2014
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating SpectacularEnjoy the 73rd annual lighting of Bostonís Official Christmas Tree - a 47-foot white spruce donated by John and Ethel Ann MacPherson of Purlbrook, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia.

The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when
Mayor Walsh is joined onstage by Honourable Andrew Younger, Minister with the Government of Nova Scotia, 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 comedian Jimmy Tingle, cast members from Motown The Musical,
The Voice contestant Brittany Butler, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Nova Scotia band The Stanfields, the Floorlords dance troupe, and the Holy Tabernacle Church Christmas Cantata Choir.

The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree from Halifax and trees throughout Boston Common with ten additional trees around the Frog Pond skating rink sponsored by The Skating Club of Boston.

Prior to the event, visitors are invited to 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 at 5:00pm.

Refreshments and additional support will be provided by promotional sponsors Dunkiní Donuts, DAVIDs TEA, Polar Beverages, Geico, and the New England Dairy Board.

For more information please call (617) 635-4505, go to www.cityofboston.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!
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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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