This year’s spooky season might have ended on an unseasonably warm day but it looks as though November has quickly ushered in the cold weather. With potential snow this Friday and the increase of puffy jackets being donned, it is clear that Boston’s festive season is fast-approaching.

To reign in the holiday spirit, Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s Holiday Tree arrived Monday afternoon in preparation of Boston’s largest tree lighting. The 65-foot Norway Spruce traveled from Wallkill, New York to its new home where it will be the centerpiece for the Blink! Holiday Light and Sound Show.

The annual tree lighting will be featured on the 7th Annual WBZ-TV Holiday Spectacular, scheduled for December 3rd at 7:30pm. Holiday entertainment will be provided by America’s Got Talent runner-up from Lynn, Amanda Mena, the Wellesley Community Choir, the New England Patriot’s Holiday Toy Drive, and Santa.

With thousands of blinking lights synchronized to holiday favorites like Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”, the light show will begin December 4th with shows every half-hour from 4:30pm – 10pm.

If you plan to visit the tree once it is standing tall with its twinkling lights, be sure to wear your warmest coat and put on your best winter hat for that perfect holiday selfie. Between November 25-December 30, 2019, post that selfie from in front of the tree using the hashtag #blinkboston to win prizes with the Blink! Boston Selfie Contest.

For a full list of holiday happenings near the North End, keep an eye on our calendar to keep your season merry and bright!

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    • Yes, for us Christians, it is called a Christmas tree. Other religions wish to name the tree
      a ‘Holiday Tree’.
      And they are entitled to name it whatever suits their religious beliefs, just as we are entitled to name the tree a ‘Christmas Tree’. There is no ruling on the ‘correct’ term for the tree and we are to honor one another’s
      religious beliefs.

      • Actually heather you are completely wrong. Calling it a holiday tree makes zero sense.

        The only other major holidays during this time are Hanukkah and Kwanza. A “holiday tree” has no significance in those holidays. A “holiday tree” only has significance in Christmas, hence why it’s called a “Christmas Tree”

        It would be the equivalent of calling a menorah a “holiday candle”. It would make zero sense.

        • When most of the world looks upon a tree during holiday season, most are inclined to call it a Christmas tree. Only the new politically correct group would insist on “holiday tree’.
          Originally derived from pagan religious celebrations in Europe, the Christmas tree was adopted by Christianity. Today the Christmas tree can be a completely secular symbol of Christmas celebrations.

          • Santa only comes on Christmas Eve to leave presents under the Christmas Tree. So ask Santa, but I think someone known as Tannebaum has the upper hand here. So get used to Christmas Tree. People can decorated trees whenever they want. Someone will be glad to sell them the tree. Gotta go hang my wreath.

  1. I completely agree about honoring one another’s religious beliefs. The Christmas Tree has been a Christian symbol for a very long time, but now we have to rename it so we don’t offend anyone. Instead just honor the other religions by putting up a Hanukkah menorah and other religious symbols instead of renaming the Christmas Tree and offending a huge group of Christians in the process.

  2. The Christmas tree has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. It’s like Santa and Rudolf, commercial creations. Holiday is a more appropriate label because it includes not just Christmas, but New Year’s and the snowy winter wonderland season.

  3. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.

    Let’s get our facts straight.

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