Skip to main navigation Skip to content

Boston Common Tree Lighting Celebration

Please check with event host as times and dates may have changed.
Boston Common Tree Lighting Celebration

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. Boston’s 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 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, and Frosty. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision. A sampling village will feature giveaways from Xfinity, Dunkin’ seasonal drinks and snacks, cookies from Levain Bakery, eggnog provided by H.P. Hood, LLC, and Drake’s Cakes famous pastries. The tree has been donated by the landowner L’Arche Cape Breton Community, a non-profit organization that creates safe, supportive homes and meaningful work for people with disabilities.