Holiday Lights and Tree Lightings

  • November 21, 2015 - December 10, 2015
  • (Recurring daily)

From Copley Square to Faneuil Hall, holiday tree lighting events happen across Boston over the next three weeks, culminating in the famous Nova Scotia Tree for Boston lighting ceremony on Boston Common December 4.

Here is a run-down of holiday tree lightings:


November 22nd:

This magical and unforgettable light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston's skyline - to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops - in a seven-minute spectacle that runs continuously each evening.

The lights dance seamlessly to the music through every inch of Faneuil Hall, including the largest Christmas tree in the northeast, to create a spectacle not to be missed.

Starting November 22nd, Blink! light and sound show runs every half hour beginning at 4:30 pm by "The Big Tree" at Marketplace Center and then runs every half hour beginning at 5:00 pm by "The Three Trees" in the North Market of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.


Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park

November 23rd:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP), and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 13th annual lighting of the park's signature trellis on Monday, November 23, beginning at 5 p.m.

Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on Boston's historic waterfront, Christopher Columbus Park is transformed into a holiday wonderland when the park's 260 feet of trellis are set aglow with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated trees near Tia's, the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, and throughout the park.

Entertainment will be provided by students and teachers from the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and singer Gian Farone will perform a selection of Italian classics. Refreshments, holiday treats, and giveaways will be provided by the Marriot Long Wharf Hotel, Joe's American Bar & Grill Waterfront, Starbucks, and Magic 106.7.

Macy*s Tree Lighting

November 27th: 

Celebrate the downtown Macy's annual tree lighting ceremony with confetti, a live musical performance, the ceremonial lighting of Macy's Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa.

Roslindale Tree Lighting

November 28th:

This much-loved event always draws a crowd to enjoy the performances, crafts, ornament art projects for the kids, a reindog competition and dog parade, and Santa's arrival in the Ladder 16 fire truck. There will be free hot chocolate, treats from local bakeries, carolers from the Sacred Heart Chorus, the Christopher Mish Brass Quartet, and of course, visits with Santa and Mayor Walsh. The Tree lighting is held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Charles Hotel Tree Lighting in Harvard Square

November 28th

Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Charles Hotel

Copley Square Tree Lighting

November 30th:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, November 30, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, "Dining Playbook" host Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph along with live entertainment including members of the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble, Berklee College of Music's co-ed contemporary a cappella group Pitch Slapped, "The Voice" contestant Brittany Butler, and a holiday sing-along. In addition, the US Postal Service will unveil its new holiday stamp.

Boston Common Tree Lighting

December 3rd: Join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a FREE world-class figure skating ice show featuring national and international figure skaters, synchronized skating and Theatre On Ice teams!
Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for The Boston Common Tree Lighting ceremony at 6-8pm.
Special Hours!
To begin preparations for the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular, public skating will close at 3pm. We will reopen to the public at 6:30pm.

Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings

Friday, December 4th, 2015
5:30 pm - Roche Family Center, West Roxbury
6:15 pm - Wolcott Square, Readville
6:45 pm - Mattapan Square, Mattapan
7:15 pm - Codman Square, Dorchester

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

2:00 pm - J.P. Monument, Jamaica Plain
2:45 pm - Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain
3:15 pm - Brigham Circle, Mission Hill
3:45 pm - Bolling Building (2300 Washington Street), Roxbury
4:15 pm - Boston Center for the Arts, South End
5:00 pm - Oak Square, Brighton

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
1:00 pm - Medal of Honor (M Street) Park, South Boston
1:45 pm - Harrison Ave & Beach St., Chinatown
2:30 pm - Paul Revere Mall, North End
3:15 pm - Thompson Square, Charlestown
4:00 pm - Maverick Square, East Boston
6:00 pm - Adams Corner, Dorchester


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