Thousands gather for Common’s tree lighting

Thousands gather for the annual Boston Common Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Peden/Bay State Herald.

BOSTON — A large crowd gathered on the Boston Common on Thursday for the park’s annual Christmas tree lighting. The tree is gifted every year by the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, as a thank you to Bostonians for providing in the wake of the Halifax Explosion of 1917

“Kicks you into the spirit, right? Gets you rockin’ and rollin’,” spectator Maureen Poole said of the event.

The tree has its own Twitter page, which documented the pine’s travels since it was cut from Scotia Novia on Nov. 15. After it’s lighting, the tree sent out a thank you message.

Families, couples, and groups of friends huddled in the cold as they waited in festive anticipation.  

Harvard Law student April Hua said she was too busy to attend the ceremony last year but was able to make it this year. Originally from San Jose, California, she said that “it brings everyone together.  It kicks off the Christmas season.”

Mike Whalen, of Boston, attended the event with his two bulldogs, Tank and Mia. He shared similar thoughts.  

“I think overall it’s getting everyone together. A little bit of happiness for the craziness in the world,” Whalen said.

The tree lighting was accompanied with fireworks and cheers from the crowd.


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