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.

Christopher Columbus Park
110 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110

450 Washington Street Downtown Crossing
Boston, MA 02111

Roslindale Village
4236 Washington St Adams Park
Roslindale, MA 02131

Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109

Seaport Common
85 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

various locations
Downtown Boston
Boston, MA

Beacon Hill
Charles Street
Boston, MA

Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA

Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Hike & Seek: Winter Wonderland
The Stevens-Coolidge Place - 9:00 AM
Especially for Me
Discovery Museums - 3:00 PM
Frozen Fruitlands
Fruitlands Museum - various times
Family Snowy Owl Prowl
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate - various times
Neighborhood Guides
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