Boston’s annual holiday tree is heading to Boston Common

Here’s to the 52nd anniversary of Boston’s tree from Nova Scotia.


A glimpse at a prior year’s tree from Nova Scotia.

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It’s the gift that Nova Scotia graciously keeps giving: The Boston Common’s annual holiday tree arrives this Tuesday, Nov. 21. The presentation of the 45-ft-tall white spruce continues a decades-old tradition that honors Boston’s 106-year friendship with the Canadian province.

The partnership began in 1917 when Boston provided emergency assistance to Halifax — Nova Scotia’s capital — after a maritime explosion devastated its harbor. As a gesture of gratitude, Nova Scotia sent the first holiday tree to Boston in 1971. The custom has prevailed for 52 years.

This year’s tree will arrive at 11 a.m. near the Boston Visitors Center (139 Tremont St.), following a 600+ mile journey from Canada via truck.

The official tree lighting ceremony will take place Thursday, November 30 from 6-8 p.m. Pro tip: If you’re unable to stop by the Common to witness the magic in person, watch the festivities live on WCVB Channel 5 starting at 7 p.m.