The iconic holiday light display along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall was the vision of Parks Commissioner Justine Liff and philanthropists Joan and Ted Bernard Cutler, inspired by the illuminated tree-lined boulevards of Paris. Their sense of civic pride inspired others in the neighborhood to support the cause and the all-volunteer Committee to Light the Commonwealth Avenue Mall was born.

In 2022, the Committee joined with the Friends, creating a new committee to work with the Friends staff to raise the funds necessary to make this annual light display possible and to support the ongoing care of the park. 

The Friends is proud to be stewards of this special holiday tradition and excited to work with our community to increase support for the Mall year round.

Today, the lights illuminate the park from early December to April each year and, beginning in 2023, stretch from Arlington Street to Kenmore Square.

This work would not be possible without the support of our community. Your contribution keeps the Mall glowing each and every year. 


Thank you to the following Friends and neighbors for their support of this years Holiday Lights initiative:

Matthew & Lori Sidman
Robert Small & Christine Olsen
The Beker Foundation
Tracy Campion
Steve & Alexi Conine
Jeff & Stephanie Jarczyk
Omicron Chapter Phi Sigma Kappa
Jesse & Pamela Baker
George & Barbara Beal
Pam & John Beale
Tony & Catherine Bordon
Michael & Holly Cuggino
Grace Fey
Bill Gehan

Debbie Johnston
Steve & Cheryl Jonas
Elisabeth Morris
Patrick & Maryanne O’Malley
Glenda Mattes & Steve Corbin
Robert O’Neill
Howard & Debbie Reef
Emily Rooney
Grant & Cynthia Schaumburg
Kim & John Toomey
Frank Wisneski & Lynn Dale

The Newbury Boston
Boston University