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The Holiday Lights of Boston

Boston is renowned as one of the most charming and walkable cities in the country. During the holidays, when the trees are lit, the streets and shops adorned with decorations, the spirit of the season surrounds you. Boston Park Plaza, perhaps the most renowned family hotel in Boston, is perfectly situated to take in the lights of the holiday.

Boston Common Christmas tree

The Boston Christmas Tree

For nearly 80 years, our city has been raising a beautiful Christmas tree on Boston Common. Each year since the 1970s, the tree has been provided by Nova Scotia, in remembrance and thanks for Boston’s assistance after the 1917 Halifax Explosion. The tree is carefully chosen, cut and shipped and arrives on Boston Common under police escort to much fanfare. This year’s tree, a 45-foot-high white spruce, is dedicated to all health care workers and will be a majestic sight that draws visitors and locals alike throughout December. Once the white spruce is officially lit (12/2/21), so are the trees and walkways throughout The Boston Common and The Public Garden, surrounding all in the beauty of the holidays.

people walking at night through blue christmas lit trees
Zoo Lights at Stone Zoo

Zoo Lights at the Stone Zoo

A family favorite for generations, Zoo Lights at Stone Zoo is a walk through a true winter wonderland. Spectacularly lit, tree-lined paths and dramatic lantern displays dazzle visitors of all ages. In addition, see black bears, arctic foxes, Canadian lynx and reindeer (on loan from Santa). While Santa is too busy to make an appearance at this year’s event, his warmth and good cheer are in abundance throughout the zoo’s 26 acres. Reservations are required. Speak with a member of our Guest Services team for more details.

gingerbread house model of boston park plaza hotel
Boston Park Plaza gingerbread house model. Photography by Adam DeTour

Copley Square and Commonwealth Avenue

Each year, a tree is installed and decorated in front of the historic Trinity Church by Copley Square, making a beautiful sight. Nearby, the trees of Commonwealth Avenue are lit up providing a promenade through the beauty of the season. As you meander in the neighborhood, consider stopping in at L.A. Burdick Chocolates for one of their many famed hot chocolate drinks. It’s a treat you won’t forget, and perfect for the holidays.

Christmas decorations inside the Boston Park Plaza hotel lobby
Boston Park Plaza’s hotel lobby is decorated each year for the holidays. Photography by Adam DeTour

Boston Park Plaza also has a wondrous display to celebrate the season. With our tree, toy soldiers and a replica of the hotel in gingerbread, our property becomes its own winter wonderland. In addition, if you’re not sure where to start exploring and need a Boston tourism guide, look no further than one of our Guest Services team. They know our city inside and out and love helping visitors discover the best of Boston.

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