Boston Common Tree Lighting
The behind-the-scenes legwork for this annual holiday tree-lighting tradition is just as captivating as the ceremony itself, as a Boston tree scout treks to Nova Scotia to select a shapely 50ft spruce. (Ever since 1917, Nova Scotia has donated its trees as a gift, out of gratitude for Boston’s fast response to a devastating fire in Halifax.) A local dignitary (often the mayor) flicks the switch. The rest of the Common’s trees are strung with lights as well, while an illuminated Nativity scene and menorah grace the grounds near the Park Street T station. cityofboston.gov. Transport: Park St T.