Faneuil Hall Marketplace was overtaken by a crowd of Santa hats on Tuesday evening as spectators gathered to watch Boston’s largest tree lighting. The WBZ Faneuil Hall Holiday Spectacular tree lighting, hosted by WBZ-TV/CBS Boston news anchors Lisa Hughes and David Wade, was the kick-off for this season’s Blink! Holiday Light and Sound Show.
Starting off the evening’s events, the Wellesley High School Rice Street Singers performed a rendition of “O’ Come All Ye Faithful”. 17-year-old Lynn resident and 2018 runner up of America’s Got Talent, Amanda Mena, performed her version of “Last Christmas”. The Hanover Theatre Christmas Carolers provided holiday entertainment with familiar carols throughout the evening. Santa Claus also made his appearance, handing out candy canes in lieu of gifts.
“You’ve got an incredibly huge crowd here that turned up to see us turn the lights on a big tree,” said Governor Baker. “This is what we do between now and Christmas. People have a chance to get together, spend some time with one another…”
With the remnants of the latest snowstorm still glistening on the branches of the 65-foot Norway Spruce from Wallkill, New York, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (with the help of Santa, of course!) flipped the switch to thousands of blinking lights that will be synchronized to music until New Year’s Day.
If braving the cold weather and the crowd of people wasn’t on your Christmas wish list this year, don’t worry! Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s signature holiday tree, along with the other trees on the property, will be decked out all holiday season for visitors to enjoy.
Set to holiday favorites such as Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,”the Blink! Light show will occur every half-hour from 4:30pm to 10:00pm until January 1, 2020. Take a selfie under the dazzling tree and share it using the hashtag #blinkboston for a chance to win prizes with the Blink!Boston Selfie Contest.