boston common tree lighting ceremony, a gift from nova scotia

Posted by susan on December 2nd, 2011. Filed under: boston travel.

For the last 40 years Nova Scotia has given a Christmas tree to Boston to say thanks for the help it delivered following the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. Relief from Boston was the first to arrive the day after the devastating explosion and they were the last to leave.

I attended the Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony for the first time last night. I have always wanted to see it because it’s such a significant event for the city. And this year, I gained a greater appreciation for my genealogical connection with Nova Scotia on our recent road trip, so I didn’t want to miss it.

I had a difficult time capturing photos from the event, but the lovely Rebecca Jane – you may know her as the fearless leader of the MA chapter of Girls Pint Out – took a beautiful photo I had to snag.

Boston Tree Lighting Ceremony

This year’s ceremony included performances by Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, who brought a surprise guest, Jordan Knight – a bonus. The event was hosted by WCVB TV Channel 5’s Anthony Everett and JC Monahan. Other performers included American Idol finalist Siobhan Magnus, the Radio City Rockettes, Rockapella, the Boston Ballet, the Boston Children’s Choir, MAGIC 106.7’s Nancy Quill and Mike Addams, and saxophonist Grace Kelly.

Have you ever been to the Boston tree lighting?

What holiday events are planned in your city?

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