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Boston Common Tree Lighting

The City of Boston and guests from the Province of Nova Scotia will celebrate the 81st Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 1. 

December 1, 2022

Mayor Michelle Wu, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and title sponsor The Province of Nova Scotia will host Boston’s signature holiday celebration, the 81st Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting, on Thursday, December 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. adjacent to the Visitor’s Information Center at 139 Tremont Street.

Mayor Wu will be joined by Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston for the event, marking the 51st 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.

WCVB Channel 5’s "CHRONICLE" co-anchors, Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour, will once again host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s entertainment includes “America’s Got Talent” finalists Sons of Serendip who formed at Boston University, Award-winning singer-songwriter Jimmy Rankin, and powerhouse musician Reeny Smith, from Broadway in Boston the Tony Award-winning “Six: The Musical,” Springfield’s own international award-winning recording artist Michelle Brooks Thompson, and Monument Records’ acclaimed country music sister duo Tigirlily Gold.

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden. Boston’s official 2022 Christmas tree is a 45-foot white spruce donated  by landowner Roddy Townsend of Christmas Island, along with his children Angela, Carmen, and Andrew.

The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Wu is joined onstage by Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Pyrotecnico.

The event is supported by title sponsor Province of Nova Scotia, presenting sponsor Amazon, community sponsor JetBlue, key sponsors Bank of America, Constellation, and Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotel sponsor Boston Park Plaza Hotel, pyrotechnic sponsor Related Beal, and media sponsors WCVB Channel 5 and The Boston Globe. A sampling village will feature giveaways from JetBlue and Xfinity, Dunkin’ seasonal drinks and snacks, eggnog from H.P. Hood, LLC, Drake’s Cakes famous pastries, hot chocolate from Roche Bros., McCrea’s Candies slow-cooked, handcrafted, award-winning caramel from the heart of Hyde Park, Boston, and AHA beverages. Stop by and visit the team from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston.

Sponsors of the “Make the Common Glow for the Holidays” appeal that makes lighting of the Common and Public Garden possible include Bank of America, A.D. Makepeace Companies, The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Lynch Family Foundation, The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Related Beal, John Moriarty & Associates, Incorporated, Gilbane, New England Development, National Grid, and the Friends of the Public Garden.

Immediately following the celebration on the Boston Common, join Mayor Michelle Wu, the Friends of the Public Garden, and the Committee to Light the Commonwealth Avenue Mall as they flip the switch to light the lights on Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

For more information, please call 617-635-4505. For Boston Common parking information, visit the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority website.

December 1, 2022
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