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10th Annual Trellis Lighting Draws Record Crowd to Christopher Columbus Park [Video Slideshow]

After 10 years, it’s officially a tradition! In a fitting tribute with the largest crowd ever, North End / Waterfront neighbors and friends celebrated on Monday night at the 2012 10th Holiday Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park. Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak and Boston’s Chief of Public Property, Michael Galvin, joined with the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the NEMPAC Children’s Choir for a special evening of outdoor fun and spirit. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina also came out to support the tradition. In addition to the Children’s Choir, the Ockeghem consort sang festive carols to the hundreds of attendees at the event.

“The Friends of Christopher Columbus are proud to fund the over $25,000 necessary to light up the trellis for the season,” said FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines. “We are also proud of the excellent working relationship we and the Boston Parks Department have forged. As one of the most successful Friends groups to support a city park, we are grateful to our many members, in Boston and outside the city, who help us fund this and other events.”

“We are delighted to join all of you for this decade-long holiday tradition, and we’re happy to have such a close partner in the FOCCP,” said Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak. “Volunteer organizations working closely with city departments can really make a difference for our parks.”

Photos by Matt Conti. Click the “Play” arrow on the video slideshow above. Adjust the settings to for HD quality. More photos are also shown below. High resolution gallery and prints here.


NEMPAC Children’s Choir sings carols at trellis lighting.


Flipping the switch. From the left, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Boston Chief of Public Property Michael Galvin, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines, Santa from the North Pole and Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak.


Even the dogs were having fun!




NEMPAC’s Executive Director, Becca Griffin


NEMPAC’s Sherri Snow with the Children’s Choir



FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines speaking at the microphone as Santa looks on.


NEMPAC Children’s Choir



NEMPAC’s Jeremy Sarzana playing the guitar.





Joan Murphy, in her new FOCCP jacket.


State Rep Aaron Michlewitz and FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines





Chief of City Services, Mike Galvin speaks to the crowd and Santa.



Ockeghem Consort Sings Carols


Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak




7 Replies to “10th Annual Trellis Lighting Draws Record Crowd to Christopher Columbus Park [Video Slideshow]

  1. How about the title–


    Full of spirit, history and happiness–great job, Matt.

  2. What great photos Matt, especially the one of the trellis, Columbus and the Custom house. It should be entered in a contest.

    The people of the North End (during the redevelopment days) who made sure that we kept our little Gem in the North End instead of have a building there would be proud of the Christopher Columbus Park Committee.

    Keep up the good work

  3. Matt,
    You truly are amazing. How fortunate for us to have you document these special events. And, how fortunate we are that a small group of community activists saved this parcel of land from having a building there.
    Thank you for this wonderful festive video of the trellis lighting.
    Patricia T.

  4. Gorgeous photos! You captured the spirit of this terrific neighborhood event. It gets better every year!
    Thank you Matt and Thank you FOCCP.

  5. I am blown away by these photos. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better,you raise the bar to a new level.

    Thanks for featuring the best of the best and giving this incredible neighborhood another reason to give thanks on Thursday.


  6. Matt,

    Nice job on this presentation! Everyone can tell that you are truly enjoying what you do and that you are dedicated to preserving the North End and Waterfront. Keep up the good work buddy!

    Happy Holidays!

  7. Many thanks for the kind words, everyone! This is always a fun event … the great photos are really the result of the exceptional job others do to light up the trellis and park for the holidays and winter season. –Matt

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