Thanksgiving kicked off the Holiday Season last week and now the holidays are in full swing! With that comes the 72nd Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting. Join friends and family this Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM as Mayor Thomas Menino and members of the Nova Scotia Government celebrate the holidays with this wonderful tree lighting event.
The holiday tree is a gift each year from the people of Nova Scotia as a sign of gratitude to the city of Boston for their relief assistance following a tragic explosion in Halifax Harbor on December 6th, 1917. Upon receiving news of the collision of two wartime ships in Halifax Harbor, which resulted in a massive explosion, the people of Boston immediately went to give relief in the wake of the event. This tree lighting ceremony has become an annual tradition in Boston ever since as a time to remember the tragedy, as well as celebrate the Holiday Season.
This year, the 47-foot spruce tree will be lit up just before 8:00 PM when Mayor Menino is joined onstage by Minister Younger of Nova Scotia, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Santa. The celebration will include several musical acts, including Blue Man Group, "American Idol" finalist Erica Van Pelt, Nova Scotia band Squid Precision Drumming, Boston Ballet and Morning Star Baptist Church Gospel Choir.
This is certainly a holiday tradition you won't want to miss! Enjoy the celebration and have a great Holiday Season!