Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5, 2013
Enjoy the 72nd annual lighting of Boston’s Official Christmas Tree provided as a gift by Nova Scotia.
Singers Joey McIntyre and Erica Van Pelt will top the bill at the 72nd Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden, including the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree from Halifax, a 47-foot white spruce donated by Mary Lou Milligan of Millcove, Lunenberg County, Nova Scotia, will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Honourable Andrew Younger, Minister with the Government of Nova Scotia, are joined by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Santa Claus. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by MagicFire, Inc.
WCVB TV’s Anthony Everett and JC Monahan will host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre, “American Idol” Season 11 finalist Erica Van Pelt, Blue Man Group, Nova Scotia band Squid Precision Drumming, Morning Star Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Boston Ballet, Boston Celtics official junior dance team LilPhunk, and representatives of the Boston Red Sox with the 2013 World Series trophy.
Arrive early for a free world-class figure skating show at 5 p.m. presented by the The Skating Club of Boston at the Boston Common Frog Pond featuring the 2013 U.S. pair champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, 2013 U.S. Men's silver medalist Ross Miner, and Olympic hopeful Christina Gao.