Boston Common Christmas tree lightingThe holiday season is upon us, and the sparkling lights of Christmas will soon be aglow! Christmas tree lightings are happening all across our beautiful city, so bundle up the family and celebrate the holiday spirit!

Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park

November 20 :: Boston

This lighting celebration includes holiday sing-alongs and a visit from Santa Claus! Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and clam chowder. Bundle up and be part of the fun!

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting

November 21 :: Boston

The gorgeous 30-foot Norway Spruce will glitter with lights between historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market! Santa will even be present for the celebration!

Quincy Tree Lighting

November 24 :: Quincy

This tree lighting takes place ahead of the annual Christmas parade, which will take place on November 26.

Martin’s Park Ship Lighting

November 25 :: Boston

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at this fun-filled evening of holiday cheer! There will be hot chocolate, visits with Betty the Yeti and park rangers, live entertainment, and a chance to explore a real Boston fire truck! Greet Santa and the Grinch as they arrive by boat in Fort Point Channel and witness a mesmerizing display of lights as the play ship is illuminated for the holiday season!

Newburyport Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

November 26 :: Newburyport

The Newburyport Santa parade and tree lighting offers all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration — but there’s a twist. In this most nautical of cities, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat!

Boston Common Tree Lighting

November 30 :: Boston

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree — and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden.

The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Wu is joined onstage by Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting

November 30 :: Boston

Immediately following the celebration on the Common, join Mayor Michelle Wu, the Friends of the Public Garden, and the Committee to Light the Commonwealth Avenue Mall as they flip the switch to light the lights on Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Light Up Seaport

December 1 :: Boston

Head over to the Seaport District for this fun-filled event featuring holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and more!

Framingham Tree Lighting

December 1 :: Framingham

The annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday block party will include free digital pictures, hot chocolate and treats, music, a story walk, free books, and so much more! All are welcome to watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in grand style atop a Framingham fire engine before lighting the tree.

Billerica Winter Festival and Tree Lighting

December 2 :: Billerica

The winter festival — with games, activities, free hot cocoa and live music — takes place ahead of the tree lighting!

Bedford Tree Lighting

December 2 :: Bedford

Roxbury Holiday Gift Distribution and Tree Lighting

December 2 :: Roxbury

Look forward to free holiday gifts for the kids of Roxbury along with refreshments, live entertainment, face painting, and the lighting of the holiday tree.

Plymouth Tree Lighting 

December 2 :: Plymouth

Join Santa and the Town of Plymouth for the annual tree lighting on the town hall green as part of the Christmas celebration. This annual evening event is fun for the whole family and includes the “Winter Lights” 5K road race, Christmas parade, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at