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Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating Spectacular

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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 SpectacularMayor Martin J. Walsh and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, will host Bostonís 75th Annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6-8pm.

Prior to the event, please join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a FREE figure skating ice show from 5:00pm - 6:00pm featuring national and international competitive figure skaters, soloists, groups, and more. Ring in the holiday season with a fantastic show that is fun for the whole family!

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 Atlas PyroVision.

The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden include the City of Bostonís official Christmas tree. A 47-foot white spruce tree located alongside Hwy 395 in Ainslie Glen, Cape Breton, has been selected to send to Boston this year. The tree is on highway right-of-way and is therefore owned by the Province of Nova Scotia. This is unusual in that with the exception of 1981 the Christmas trees sent to Boston have been donated by private property owners. The spruce is located near the Waycobah First Nations community nestled along the shores of the world-famous Bras d'Or Lakes.

WCVBís Anthony Everett and J.C. Monahan will host Channel 5ís live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Nova Scotia's Town Heroes, country singer Timmy Brown, the cast of Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatreís ďA Christmas Carol,Ē and this yearís headliner, Bostonís own Bel Biv DeVoe.

The lighting of the trees on the Common is made possible through the generosity of the Egan Foundation, the Chris and Jean Egan Family, the Lynch Family, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, John Moriarty & Associates, 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, Geico, H.P. Hood LLC, KIND Snacks, Drakeís Cakes, Fisher College, Arro, and an appearance by the L.L. Bean Bootmobile.

This is the 45th 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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