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Annual celebration will be broadcast live on WCVB Channel 5
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, will host Boston’s 75th Annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
The celebration is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor the Province of Nova Scotia, and presenting sponsors Distrigas/ENGIE, IKEA, Capital One and the Stop & Shop Supermarkets. The event is produced and televised by WCVB Channel 5, Boston’s news and community leader. Additional support is provided by Magic 106.7 FM, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe. 
The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Walsh is joined onstage by Premier McNeil, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Santa Claus. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision. 
The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden include the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree. A 47-foot white spruce tree located alongside Hwy 395 in Ainslie Glen, Cape Breton, has been selected to send to Boston this year. The tree is on highway right-of-way and is therefore owned by the Province of Nova Scotia. This is unusual in that with the exception of 1981 the Christmas trees sent to Boston have been donated by private property owners. The spruce is located near the Waycobah First Nations community nestled along the shores of the world-famous Bras d’Or Lakes.
WCVB’s Anthony Everett and J.C. Monahan will host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Nova Scotia’s Town Heroes, country singer Timmy Brown, the cast of Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” and this year’s headliner, Boston’s own Bel Biv DeVoe.
The lighting of the trees on the Common is made possible through the generosity of the Egan Foundation, the Chris and Jean Egan Family, the Lynch Family, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, John Moriarty & Associates, and contributions from other individuals and institutions. 
The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree from Nova Scotia and trees throughout Boston Common. Refreshments and additional support will be provided by promotional sponsors Dunkin’ Donuts, DAVIDsTEA, Geico, H.P. Hood LLC, KIND Snacks, Drake’s Cakes, Fisher College, Arro, and an appearance by the L.L. Bean Bootmobile. 
This is the 45th year that Nova Scotia has given a tree to the people of Boston as thanks for relief efforts following the December 6, 1917, explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor. Within 24 hours of the disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was making its way from Boston to Nova Scotia. For more information please call (617) 635-4505, go to, or visit us on Facebook. For Boston Common parking information go to

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