Kids help trim the tree at the Roslindale Tree Lighting. Photo courtesy of Roslindale Village Main Street
Kids help trim the tree at the Roslindale Tree Lighting. Photo courtesy of Roslindale Village Main Street

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies around Boston

Boston lights it up with dazzling Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November, trees (and a trellis!) are lit in Faneuil HallBoston Common, and Christopher Columbus Park. The free festivities continue through early December, with decorative Christmas trees set aglow in neighborhoods throughout the city during the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour. Don't forget the festive tree lighting events in the Massachusetts suburbs, from a lobster trap tree lighting in Gloucester to candlelit tree ceremonies in Sturbridge.

It's not only about flipping the switch, of course. Tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa (and sometimes local celebrities). See our posts on Santa breakfasts and Polar Express train rides for more ideas for setting kids hearts aglow this holiday season.

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru at Gillette Stadium
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21th Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic
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Homeschool Hike
Tower Hill Botanic Garden - 3:30 PM
Asian Lantern Spectacular
Roger Williams Zoo - 5:30 PM
Sunset Picnic Hours at Fruitlands Museum
Fruitlands Museum - 7:00 PM
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