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Posted by Kate Malhenzie, guest blogger of Boston on Budget

Holiday Tree Lightings are a fun and inexpensive way to get into the holiday spirit. Many tree lightings are already underway, but there are still a few tree lightings ceremonies coming up soon directly in Boston!

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 5, 2013

The 72nd Annual Lighting at Boston Common kicks off on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. with Boston’s official Christmas Tree from Nova Scotia. The 47-foot white spruce and lights throughout Boston Common and Public Garden will light up shortly before 8 p.m. Performances by Joey McIntyre and American Idol’s Season 11 contestant Erica Van Pelt will occur, among others. Also, arrive early to watch ice skating champions and Olympic hopefuls at the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular, which starts at 5 p.m. The Boston Common Tree Lighting will also be televised on Channel 5 at 7 p.m. for those who would rather stay in.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting on Thursday, December 5, 2013

After the Boston Common Tree Lighting, you can enjoy even more holiday festivities on Thursday evening. The lighting in Boston Common will be followed by an illumination at the Commonwealth Mall, which will take place at 8:15 p.m. Stop by to see the Mall lit up for the season!

Beacon Street in Winter via MOTT

Photo: Beacon Street in winter via MOTT

Beacon Hill Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 12, 2013

On Thursday, November 12, 2013 at 7:15 p.m., take a stroll and enjoy the annual tree lighting in Beacon Hill. The neighborhood tree on the corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon will be lit and you’ll also encounter Victorian Carolers, along with a strolling brass quintet.

If you can’t make one of these tree lighting ceremonies, don’t worry; you can still enjoy the tree and holiday lights throughout the season. To browse through all the tree lightings in the city, please head here. For a more extensive look at Massachusetts’ holiday activities, click here.

With all the beautiful lightings and displays in Boston happening already, from Copley Square to Christopher Columbus Park to Faneuil Hall, there are plenty to choose from—which one is your favorite?

Kate is the founder and blogger behind Boston On Budget, a local blog that shares money-saving tips, ideas, and deals in the Greater Boston Area. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


  • julianna

    Is it free?

    • MassVacation

      Yes, julianna, these are all free to attend.

  • Hilary

    where can I find out if they would be interested in our tree for next year? My email is

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