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Dates:Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Seasonal Fun
boston christmas tree arrival 2019 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 19.

The annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19.

This year commemorates 102 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston after our city provided emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotiaís capital, was devastated by a maritime munitions explosion in the harbor in 1917.

Bostonís official 2019 Christmas tree is a 45-foot white spruce tree donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Chance Harbour, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The tree will be celebrated at a public cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13.

The official send-off ceremony will be on Friday, November 15, at Halifax City Hall, with a stop at St. Stephenís Elementary School located in the north end of the city, an area severely damaged by the Halifax Explosion. On Saturday, November 16, the tree will be in Halifaxís annual Parade of Lights and from there it will begin its journey to Boston. Nova Scotia will also send an additional four smaller trees for donation to local charities.

On November 19, the official 2019 Christmas tree will be escorted by the Boston Police Department beginning around 10 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 Ryan Woods, an official Nova Scotian town crier, Santa Claus, and local schoolchildren including youngsters from the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester 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 Thursday, December 5, as the City of Bostonís Official Tree Lighting is celebrated on Boston Common from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on WCVB Channel 5 starting at 7 p.m.

The 78th annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common is sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor The Province of Nova Scotia, signature sponsor Encore Boston Harbor, Jumbotron sponsor Geico Local Offices, and presenting sponsors Exelon and the Coca-Cola Company with additional support provided by WCVB Channel 5, Magic 106.7 FM, and the Boston Globe.

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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