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Dates:Thursday, December 3, 2020
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
boston common tree lighting - virtual photoMayor Martin J. Walsh and The Honourable Karen Casey, Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia, will celebrate the 79th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common VIRTUALLY on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on WCVB-TV.

This will be a pre-recorded virtual event, no staging or live activities this year. The lights will go on at approximately the usual time but not as an audience event.

2020 Virtual Celebrations
Follow the @TreeforBoston on social media for up-to-date information and stories about the tree and this year’s virtual celebrations.

Interested in finding more holiday lights near Boston? Visit our guide to find some fun new sparkling experiences to enjoy with friends & family this year.

Looking for more ideas for VIRTUAL family fun? Visit our guide to social distancing activities for families, with ideas for both indoors and outdoors!

Past Year's Event Highlights

Join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a FREE figure skating ice show at 5:00pm with international competitive figure skaters, soloists, groups, wee skaters, and more.

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

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

WCVB Channel 5’s Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour will once again host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter and Lexington native Matt Nathanson, award-winning Nova Scotian alt-pop stars Neon Dreams, Nova Scotian R&B singer-songwriter Zamani, performances by cast members from the new musical “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” and “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical,” as well as Dorchester’s Holy Tabernacle Church Choir.

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 Dunkin’ Donuts, Capital One, Xfinity, KIND Snacks, H.P. Hood LLC, Power Crunch Bars, Drake’s Cakes, Nature’s Path, and an appearance by the L.L. Bean Bootmobile.

Ice Show at Frog Pond: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lighting Festivities: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Frog Pond will be closed for the day to prepare for the event. Public ice skating will open after the show from 6:30pm-10:00pm

For more information please call (617) 635-4505, go to, or visit us on Facebook. For Boston Common parking information go to



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Phone: (617) 635-4505


5-starAlways 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.
4-starFun 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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