Boston Area Christmas Tree Lighting Schedule

Happy Thanksgiving to all! We hope you’re enjoying the day with family and looking forward to the upcoming Boston area Christmas Tree lightings scheduled next week.

Boston Area Christmas Tree Lighting #1

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square will celebrate the holidays with the annual Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting on Monday, December 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the tree lighting, a number of other festivities will take place in and around Copley Square on December 2nd. The Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair will host a Story Hour and Candy Cane Tea at the Copley Square Library’s Courtyard Restaurant from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tea is free but reservations are required by calling (617) 859-2282.  More details about the Copley Square Tree Lighting Here.

Boston Area Christmas Tree Lighting #2

Boston’s 72nd Annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common will take place on Thursday, December 5th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Boston area Christmas Tree lighting schedule for next week.The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden, including the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree from Halifax, a 47-foot white spruce donated by Mary Lou Milligan of Millcove, Lunenberg County, Nova Scotia, will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Menino is joined onstage by Minister Younger, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Santa Claus.  The show will close with a pyrotechnic display.

This is the 42nd 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. In addition this year, Nova Scotia is donating smaller trees to two Boston charities, the Pine Street Inn and Rosie’s Place. More details about the Boston Common Tree Lighting Here.

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Immediately following the Boston Common tree lighting, Mayor Tom Menino will join Back Bay residents at Arlington Street for the lighting of Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by Taj Boston. Trees along the Mall will be illuminated through April 1 with elegant white lights made possible thanks to community support and private donations raised by the Committee to Light Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

So while you enjoy Thanksgiving, and perhaps form your battle plans for Black Friday, keep these dates in mind for next week and celebrate the season with the annual Boston area Christmas Tree lightings.