In its highlight event of the year, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park joined with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department on Monday night to host the 16th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis.

Boston’s historic waterfront was transformed into a holiday wonderland when the park’s 260 feet of trellis were set aglow with 50,000 blue lights along with decorated trees throughout the park.

On hand to flip the switch were State Senator Joe Boncore, City Councilors Lydia Edwards and Ed Flynn along with FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook. Entertainment was highlighted by students from the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Berklee College of Music vocalist Natalie Daniela Castro, singer Sharon Zeffiro performing a selection of holiday classics, and special guests Santa Claus and Rudolph.

In addition, the Postmaster of Boston Nicolas Francescucci unveiled the new US Postal Service holiday stamp. Refreshments, holiday treats, and giveaways provided by the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, HP Hood LLC, Joe’s American Bar & Grill Waterfront and Magic 106.7.

Photos by Matt Conti.

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  1. Tis the official opening of the holiday season .Nobody. Does it better. Best wishes to all for a joyous holiday season.
    Enjoy !


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