It’s the day after Thanksgiving…a day to lounge around, eat leftovers, do Black Friday shopping, and, most importantly, start preparing for Christmas! Santa made his first official appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade yesterday so, in my mind, the holiday season has now begun. First on the list of holiday events to attend: Boston’s Official Tree Lighting!
As a lifelong Bostonian, I am slightly ashamed to say that last year was the first year I went to the Tree Lighting on the Common. So, while this is a relatively new event for me, it’s one that I will definitely make an annual tradition. Better late than never, right? This year marks the 70th Annual lighting of Boston’s official Christmas Tree, and if you haven’t attended in years past, you don’t know what you’re missing.
With a beautifully adorned tree all the way from Nova Scotia, the Boston Common will come to life the night of December 1st, transforming itself into a twinkling trail of light-covered trees that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Mayor Menino will join WCVB-TV’s J.C. Monahan and Anthony Everett to host hundreds of holiday-ready Boston dwellers, with the second half of the evening appearing live on Chronicle. Performances from the Rockettes, Boston Ballet, and Boston Children’s Chorus (among others) will entertain the crowd throughout the evening, and New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre, who heralds from Boston, will make a special appearance.
Grab your friends, bundle up, hop on the T (Boylston stop on the Green Line), make a pre-lighting pit stop for a hot cocoa to keep you warm, and head down to the Common to experience the excitement. As of right now it appears that Thursday’s low temp will be 40 degrees, so not too bad! Sing some Christmas carols and you’ll warm right up!