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Dates:Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Seasonal Fun
boston christmas tree arrival 2017 photoThe annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common at approximately 10:00 am. on November 21.

This year marks the 46th anniversary of this traditional gift giving, a way to thank the people of Boston for providing emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotiaís capital city, was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.

Bostonís official 2017 Christmas tree is a 47-foot white spruce tree located alongside Hwy 395 in Ainslie Glen, Cape Breton. The tree is on a highway right-of-way and owned by the Province of Nova Scotia which is unusual because, 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. In addition, Nova Scotia is donating smaller trees to Rosieís Place and the Pine Street Inn.

On November 21, the official 2017 Christmas tree will be escorted by the Boston Police Department beginning around 9 a.m. from Billerica via Route 3 South to Route 128 North to Interstate 93 South to Sullivan Square to Rutherford Avenue over the Charlestown bridge and will weave through downtown Boston on North Washington, New Chardon, Cambridge, Tremont, Boylston, and Charles Streets to enter Boston Common at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets at approximately 11 a.m.

Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook, an official Nova Scotian town crier, Santa Claus, and local schoolchildren will greet the tree at its final destination near the Boston Visitors Center at 139 Tremont Street. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:55 p.m. on November 30, as the City of Bostonís Official Tree Lighting is celebrated on Boston Common from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For further information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505 or visit us on Facebook.

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Boston Common, Tremont Street, Boston, MA map

Help us welcome the Nova Scotia tree, Tree for Boston to its winter home in the Boston Common. The tree is a 'thank-you' gift from the people of Nova Scotia for Boston's aid in the relief efforts after the Halifax Explosion in 1917.


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