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2019 Boston Holiday Tree Lighting Schedule

2019 Boston Holiday Tree Lighting Schedule

It's that time of the year! Gather with friends, bring a mug of hot cocoa, and enjoy these Greater Boston tree lightings this holiday season.

1. Copley Square Tree Lighting

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

5:00pm - 6:00pm

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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, December 2, starting at 5 p.m.

This free event will feature appearances by NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph along with musical performances by vocalist Alexus Lee, the Voices Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Brass Quintet, a duet featuring Boston Police Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty, and Berklee College of Music’s own Sam Robbins.

Light refreshments will be provided by Drake’s Cakes, HP Hood LLC, and attendees are invited to stop by the Fios Treat Truck to enjoy baked goods compliments of Verizon Fios. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance. The reception will include cookie decorating, photos with Santa and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Other 2019 holiday celebrations hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department include the lighting of the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park on the Boston Harbor waterfront November 25 and the Boston Common Tree Lighting on December 5. The arrival of Boston’s official 2019 Christmas tree, a 45-foot white spruce tree donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Chance Harbour, Nova Scotia, will be celebrated on Boston Common at approximately 11 a.m. on November 19.


2. Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7:30pm - 8:00pm

The Official Blink! Tree Lighting takes place on December 3 during a live broadcast on WBZ-TV/CBSBoston at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by WBZ-TV/CBS Boston news anchors Lisa Hughes and David Wade, the television show will feature holiday entertainment from 17-year-old Amanda Mena of Lynn, Mass., runner-up in the 13th season in 2018 of the nationally televised show America’s Got Talent, the Wellesley Community Choir, a special visit from Santa and the kick-off of the New England Patriot’s Holiday Toy Drive.

Amanda Mena of America's Got Talent will perform at the 2019 Tree Lighting at Faneuil Hall.Rising vocal star Amanda Mena is a seventeen-year-old Junior and honors student at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, MA. Amanda’s vocal talents were showcased internationally in 2018 on Season 13 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent where she received the Golden Buzzer for her soulful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “A Natural Woman”, wowing Simon Cowell and the judges all the way to the quarter finals. So, impressed with Amanda’s performance, they arranged for her to sing on Broadway’s hit show “The Carol King Musical” in New York. Shortly thereafter, she was invited by leading Hollywood Producer Kenny Ortega to sing at the star studded 33rd Annual Imagen Foundation Awards, the “Latin Academy Awards” in Hollywood. Her tribute to the late Aretha Franklin had Hollywood’s elite on their feet dancing.

Fun facts about the tree:

- The Faneuil Hall holiday tree is 80 feet tall without the star – 83 feet tall with the star.
- It is the largest holiday tree in New England, and is likely to be taller than Rockefeller Center’s tree (which is normally about 75 feet tall).
- The 85-year-old, 12-ton Norwegian Spruce comes from Long Island, New York.
- It is scheduled to arrive on November 7th and begins installation on November 8th.
- It takes 10 people to raise the tree, followed by 12 days to set up and decorate with 30,000 lights and 1,000 strobes.


3. Boston Common Tree Lighting

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Generations have enjoyed and continue to treasure Boston's tree lighting celebration. Twenty-five thousand 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 Mayor Walsh illuminates Boston's official tree and trees on Boston Common and the Public Garden bridge.


4. Boston Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Following the Boston Common Tree Lighting, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and The Committee to Light the Commonwealth Avenue Mall will light the trees on the Mall on December 5 at 8 p.m.


5. Light Up Seaport

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Start the holiday season with one big night of bright at the fourth annual tree lighting, Light Up Seaport.

Enjoy live holiday tunes, an interactive art installation, and fun for the whole family. Additionally, local stores will feature the first-ever Holiday Stroll from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Participating stores will be open to provide hot chocolate, cookies, and other fun surprises.


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