For visitors and residents alike, it’s time to explore Boston’s beautiful array of festively festooned landmarks and neighborhoods. And in Boston, these exquisite evening illuminations are not just scattered about, for they provide wayfinding that will bring you to some of the city’s most iconic areas for basking in holiday lights. Check out this list of must-see lighting ceremonies in Boston! 

Copley Square Tree Lighting

Where: Copley Square

When: Nov 29, 2021

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Nov 29, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This family-friendly event is sure to get you in a festive mood with refreshments and giveaways. The lineup of local talent will keep the crowd singing classic holiday hits until the lights turn on.  

Boston's Official 2021 Christmas Tree 

WhereBoston Common

WhenDec 2, 2021

Boston’s official 2021 Christmas tree is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce tree from Orangedale, located on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. The tree will be lit on Thursday, Dec 2, as the city of Boston’s Official Tree Lighting is celebrated on Boston Common. This year marks the 50th time a tree has been donated and commemorates 104 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston. The lights are set to sparkle around 7:55p, followed by lights on nearly 80 other trees throughout the Boston Common and Public Garden. 

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting

WhereCommonwealth Avenue Mall 

WhenDec 2, 2021

The Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting will immediately follow the Boston Common Tree Lighting. The city will hit the switch and celebrate the lighting of trees up and down Commonwealth Avenue. The lights will blink on around 8 pm! Enjoy this festive stroll illuminated by hundreds of lights. 

Light Up Seaport

Where: Seaport Common

When: Dec 3, 2021

Join the festive fun in celebrating the most magical season of the year at the annual tree lighting, Light Up Seaport. Enjoy live holiday tunes, an interactive art installation, and fun for the whole family. Light Up Seaport takes place on Seaport Common Friday, Dec 3. 

The Boston Menorah Lighting 

Where: Copley Square

When: Dec 5, 2021

Join Chabad of Boston in Copley Square for the annual menorah lightings and be part of this global celebration of Menorah Light. This year’s lighting will be held on Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m.