The Tree for Boston is heading to the Boston Common

Here’s to the 51st anniversary of Boston’s tree from Nova Scotia.


We can’t wait to see the tree all aglow.

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The Boston Common will have a special guest arrive for the holiday season on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

This year’s evergreen tree marks the 51st anniversary of the Tree for Boston + 105 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the City of Boston.

The partnership between the two cities began in 1917 when Boston provided emergency assistance to Halifax — the Nova Scotia capital — after a maritime explosion devastated its harbor. The first Tree for Boston donation dates back to 1971, courtesy of a man named Joseph Slauenwhite, a resident of Lunenburg County in Nova Scotia.

The 2022 official tree is a white spruce that stands approximately 45 ft tall and was donated by landowner Roddy Townsend of Christmas Island.

The tree will arrive at its final destination near the Boston Visitors Center, located at 139 Tremont St.

Save the date for the Official Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 1. The annual free event will take place from 6-8 p.m. and if you can’t make it in person, it will be broadcast live on WCVB Channel 5 at 7 p.m. Pro tip: The tree will be lit at approximately 7:55 p.m.

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