This tree is the focal point of the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony that many of our Guest enjoy in the Common, and it’s one of the most beautiful sights that you’ll be able to witness during the holiday season in Boston.
The Very Special Christmas Tree, at it is known by Boston residents, is a yearly gift from the people of Nova Scotia and the star of a couple of Annual Events in Boston. Every November, this glorious tree is hoisted into its official position in Boston Common so that all may admire it, and let us tell you that it is always a beauty.
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This inaugural tree of the Boston holiday season sits on Tremont Street, near the Boston Visitors Information Season and within minutes of Hotels in Boston like The Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Back Bay Hotel. When Boston locals see this special Christmas Tree go up, they know that the holidays are in full swing in Boston and that a magical tree-lighting ceremony will soon be following.
Boston certainly displays its share of beautiful Christmas trees during the holiday season, and during November and December there are some great Boston Events for the holidays that use these trees as a focal point. But, the lovely gift of a tree from Nova Scotia is, perhaps the most special because it is given in remembrance of Boston’s help after a huge munitions ship exploded in Halifax Harbor on December 6, 1817.
The disaster killed nearly 2,000 people and injured 9,000. Within 24 hours of the event, a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel from Boston arrived in Nova Scotia – the first outside help to reach the disaster scene and the last to leave.
If you want to see this beautiful tree go up, and catch a glimpse of its splendor even before all of the lights and decorations are put on, simply walk to Boston Common in mid-November and you’ll be able to view it. As the dates get closer, check with our friendly Concierge to see exactly when you’ll be able to view the Tree. We are happy to help you plan an exciting time in Boston while you’re staying at our Boston Back Bay Hotel.