Holiday Tree Lighting on Boston Common

Join in the festivities at the official lighting ceremonies on Commonwealth Avenue Mall and Boston Common

76th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common
November 30 from 6-8:00 p.m.

This year commemorates 100 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston after our city provided emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.

Boston’s official 2017 Christmas tree is a 53-foot white spruce tree donated by Bob and Marion Campbell and family of Blues Mills in Inverness County on Cape Breton Island.

“It’s exciting to carry on this great tradition with this beautiful tree donated by the people of Nova Scotia,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  “We thank the entire Campbell family for sending this gift that will be displayed for all to see on Boston Common, serving as our city’s official Christmas tree and bringing joy to thousands of residents and visitors.”

Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook, an official Nova Scotian town crier, Santa Claus, and local schoolchildren will greet the tree at its final destination near the Boston Visitors Center at 139 Tremont Street.  The 76th annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common will be at approximately 7:55 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, as the City of Boston’s Official Tree Lighting is celebrated on Boston Common from 6-8:00 p.m.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting
November 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Join the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, The Committee to Light Commonwealth Avenue and Back Bay residents at Arlington Street on Thursday, November 30, at 8:05 p.m. on Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Throw the switch and enjoy hot chocolate and sweets provided by the Taj Hotel. Trees along the Mall will be illuminated throughout the winter with elegant white lights made possible thanks to community support and private donations raised by the Committee to Light Commonwealth Avenue Mall.


For further information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505.