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Dates:Thursday, December 2, 2021
Hours:6:00pm -8:00pm
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
boston common tree lighting 2021 photoThe City of Bostonís signature holiday celebration returns on Thursday, December 2, from 6-8 p.m.

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden.

Mayor Michelle Wu, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston will host the 80th Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting adjacent to the Visitorís Information Center at 139 Tremont Street. Grammy Award winner Darlene Love will headline the holiday celebration.

WCVB Channel 5ís CHRONICLE Co-Anchors Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour will once again host Channel 5ís live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring headliner Darlene Love, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner.

In addition, the cast of ďA Christmas Story: The Musical,Ē Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Heather Rankin with the critically acclaimed folk group Beolach, R&B sensation Keonte Beals, the cast of ďSummer: The Donna Summer Musical,Ē Bostonís own a capella group Ball in the House, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman will join the 80th annual tree lighting program.

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden. Bostonís official 2021 Christmas tree is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce tree from Orangedale, Municipality of the County of Inverness, Cape Breton.

The tree has been donated by the landowner LíArche Cape Breton Community, a non-profit organization that creates safe, supportive homes and meaningful work for people with disabilities.

The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Wu is joined onstage by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision.

Generations have enjoyed and continue to treasure Boston's tree lighting celebration.

Thousands people of all ages attend the event, which has grown to include a festive stage show with nationally known talent.

Join us in the countdown as the Mayor illuminates Boston's official tree and trees on Boston Common and the Public Garden bridge.

Prior to the tree lighting at 5:00pm, visitors are invited over to Frog Pond for Boston Skating Club's annual Skating Spectacular at Frog Pond.

A sampling village will feature giveaways from Xfinity, Dunkiní seasonal drinks and snacks, cookies from Levain Bakery, eggnog provided by H.P. Hood, LLC, and Drakeís Cakes famous pastries.

For more information, please call 617-635-4505. Check out the Boston Common website for parking information.

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Phone: (617) 635-4505

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Adjacent to the Visitorís Information Center at 139 Tremont Street.


5-starAlways a great time
I've gone to this ceremony for the past five years now and I've always enjoyed it. It's a great way to get out and enjoy the holidays with friends and family while being surrounded by people doing the same. This year in particular the short fireworks display after the tree lighting was phenomenal. Such a great event for both children and tourists alike. Not to mention it's completely free. There's not much to dislike about this, just a good old community event.
So poorly organized this year, so pathetic, boring, especially empty stage for 20 minutes in the middle of the concert. That band, packed in the plastic cube, could barely be seen and heard in such a big place and with such a big crowd. People around were complaining a lot!!! The only performance, which saved the whole thing was a band of guys with drums from Nova Scotia. Non stop bla-bla-bla about Boston Ballet followed by a Bear Dance for a few minutes... will not come next year.
4-starFun Times
Very fun, just great to be out with so many other people excited about the Christmas season. I got there at 6 and the front lawn closest to the stage was pretty sparsely populated. I went to grab some fried dough & lingered for a while checking out free sample stuff and returned to the lawn at 7. It was completely packed and even the upper lawns were getting cramped! So, advice - get on the front lawn at 6! You can't really see much on the back lawns, so you want to be closer. Wear warm stuff so you don't freeze, and don't worry about getting out - there were no problems or jams, since the Commons are so wide open. I highly recommend it!!


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