Christmas Tree and Light Displays in Boston

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! There’s something special about celebrating the holidays in Boston, and when it comes to kicking off your festive activities, decorating your apartment Christmas tree and attending a local tree lighting ceremony should be at the top of your list. To keep the holiday spirit moving, why not add on a few light displays to the mix? Grab your warm scarf, hot cocoa, and check out these sparkling sights near your Forest Properties apartment!

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Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting

Residents of The Parkside are in for a special nearby event! Treat yourself to a magical evening on Charles Street. The evening kicks off at the Hill House Firehouse where guests are invited to meet Santa, snap a few pictures, and attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Keep your eyes open for twinkling lights and your ears alert for the sound of jingling sleigh bells as you stroll through local shops and adorn window displays. Enjoy festive live music, light refreshments, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

When: Thursday, December 5th from 6pm-9pm

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Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Start your holiday season with an evening full of cheerful Christmas carols, twinkling lights, and plenty of hot cocoa at the Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Newton City Hall. This year, the Stacey Peasley Band will be performing your holiday songs, and all guests are encouraged to sing along at 6pm! The free event has a variety of family-friendly activities, and here are the highlights we’re most looking forward to:

  • Indulge in hot cocoa, eggnog, and fresh baked cookies
  • More live music from members of Rob’s Guitar School
  • Take part in the 3-2-1 countdown as Mayor Setti Warren flips the light switch to transform the grounds into a bright Winter Wonderland at 7pm

In addition to the above activities, 2019 marks the first “Stuff a Cruiser” event. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to the Village Banks’ Holiday Gift Drive. How many presents do you think will fit into the police cruiser?

When: Friday, December 5th at 6pm

Light Display at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall

The switch will officially flip on December 5th at 8 pm, directly following the Boston Common Tree Lighting. If you time it right, you can see a few inaugural light displays that night! But, lucky for you, you’ll be able to enjoy them all throughout the holiday season. With 32 acres of paths wandering through twinkling trees in the heart of Boston, gather your sweetheart, your friends, and your family for a relaxing stroll through this urban wonderland.

When: Through the winter season

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31 Nights of Lights

Wondering why the Prudential Tower is lit up in various colors throughout the month of December? There’s a cheerful reason! For the last 10 years, The Pru lights up the Boston skyline with a different color to raise awareness of local non-profit organizations, charities, and community groups. Bundle up, gather with friends, and take a stroll around your neighborhood to take a look at this glowing sight.

Participating groups will have the honor to flip the light switch each night alongside musical performances and guest speakers. For a full schedule and list of organizations, check out the Prudential Center website.

When: December 1st-31st

Blink! Light and Sound Show

If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping, brightly sparkling Christmas tree display this year in Boston, you simply must check out the Blink! Light and Sound Show. This month-long display at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (a 25 minute drive from Landing 53) features an 85-foot Christmas tree that is decked out with thousands of lights. With a ton of sparkle, vibrant colors, and a sound presentation that will hype up your holiday spirit, don’t miss out!

When: December 3rd-January 1st

How do you celebrate the glowing holiday season in and around Boston? Share your favorite Christmas trees and light displays with us on Facebook!

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