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Official Website:Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting
Venue:Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Location:Quincy Market Colonnade, Boston, MA
Phone:617/523-1300
Dates:Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Saturday, November 23, 2013
Hours:Hours Vary see below
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:Seasonal Fun


Faneuil Hall Tree LightingVisit Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Saturday, November 23 for a day full of holiday entertainment, delicious food and shopping!

The lighting ceremony will air live on WBZ-TV (Channel 4) and WSBK-TV (Channel 38) from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will be hosted by WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes and Jonathan Elias. It will include special performances by Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by Maestro Keith Lockhart as well as Grammy-Award winning singer Paula Cole, and The Sugarbabies Band.

Mayor Menino will be on hand to help flip the switch, and part of the ceremony will include a special tribute to the outgoing mayor. The light switch will turn on more than 30,000 lights and strobes on the 80-foot tree, the tallest in the northeast. That's not counting the 350,000 lights that are part of the Blink! lights and music show that will light up all of Faneuil Hall.

The daylong festivities will kick-off at 12 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus, a performance from 'A Christmas Story' and a variety of live entertainment hosted by Mix 104.1's Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy. There will be more than a dozen singers, dancers and performers on stage throughout the day, along with the best of Faneuil Hall Marketplace's street performers.

The crowd will be treated to live performances by the recording artist LOU, Reverse Order, Pitch Slapped A'Cappella, Inspiration Performing Troupe, Friends of Broadway Singing Group, Jukebox Dancers, with music played throughout the afternoon by DJ Joe Bermudez of AMP 103.3FM.

The tree will be lit every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 5. the Blink! light show will also run every half hour during that time frame. Santa Claus will be on hand each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TOY DRIVE
The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular will also kickoff the New England Patriots annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toy donations will be collected from November 23 through December 20. The drop off location is adjacent to “Santa’s Cabin.”

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE TREE
- The Faneuil Hall holiday tree is 80 feet tall without the star – 83 feet tall with the star.
- It is the largest holiday tree in New England, and is likely to be taller than Rockefeller Center’s tree (which is normally about 75 feet tall).
- The 85-year-old, 12-ton Norwegian Spruce comes from Long Island, New York.
- It is scheduled to arrive on November 7th and begins installation on November 8th.
- It takes 10 people to raise the tree, followed by 12 days to set up and decorate with 30,000 lights and 1,000 strobes.

FUN FACTS ABOUT BLINK!
Blink! is a state-of-the-art light and sound show set to the music of the Holiday Pops. The lights dance seamlessly to the music through every inch of Faneuil Hall to create a spectacle not to be missed. The entire six week show will use the same amount of electricity as an average American household uses in a month. It runs every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 5.

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Festivities: 12pm – 10pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony: 7:30 p.m., Live on WBZ-TV and myTV38


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Quincy Market Colonnade, Boston, MA map

From The South - Drivers coming into Boston
Take I-93 North to Exit 23 (Government Center)
Stay in the left lane and turn left onto North Street at the end of the ramp.
Turn left at the dock square garage and follow signs toward aquarium to the Southbound Surface Artery.
Turn right at State Street.
Continue three blocks and turn left onto Broad Street.
The garage entrance for 75 State Street is on the right.
From The West - Drivers coming into Boston on the Masspike (I-90) Eastbound
Mass Pike to I-93
North (Exit 24B on left).
Merge onto I-93 Northbound to enter the Central Artery Tunnel and proceed North about 1/2 mile underground to Exit 23.
Stay in the left lane and turn left onto North Street at the end of the ramp.
Turn left at the dock square garage and follow signs toward aquarium to the Southbound Surface Artery.
Turn right at State Street.
Continue three blocks and turn left onto Broad Street.
The garage entrance for 75 State Street is on the right.
From the North - Drivers coming into Boston on 93 South
I - 93 South to Exit 24A (Government Center).
Follow signs for the Aquarium to Southbound Surface Artery.
Turn right at State Street.
Continue three blocks and turn left onto Broad Street.
The garage entrance for 75 State Street is on the right.
Ride the T
Blue line to Aquarium/Faneuil Hall, Green Line to Government Center, or Orange line to State Street http://www.mbta.com

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