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Boston's 'Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular' guide to what you need to know

Posted by Meghan Colloton  November 20, 2013 03:00 PM

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Looking for family-friendly fun this weekend? Faneuil Hall’s annual tree lighting kicks off at noon on Saturday, Nov. 23 – and festive entertainment will be on full display all day long before the official tree lighting that evening.

Here's a checklist of all the info you'll need for this year's "Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular."

Schedule of events at Main Stage at Marketplace Center:

12 pm - 4:30 pm - DJ Joe Bermudez will provide music in between performances, with the help of CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV reporters.

12 pm – Santa Claus arrives and performance by cast members of “A Christmas Story, The Musical”

12:30 pm – Performance by Michael Maloney

1 pm – Performance by Reverse Order

2-5 pm – Live entertainment hosted by Mix 104.1’s Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy

2 pm - Performance by Aaron Tomashefsky & his band

3 pm – Performances by Inspiration Performing Troupe and Pitch Slapped

4 pm – Performance by recording artist LOU

Schedule of events at West End Stage:

5 pm – Performance by Friends of Broadway

6 pm – Performance by Jukebox Dancers

Schedule of events at Main Stage at Marketplace Center Marketplace Center:

7 pm – MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott and T Mascot Charlie, with a performance by recording artist LOU

7:30 pm-8pm – This live broadcast will be hosted by WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes and Jonathan Elias.

Performances will include holiday music from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by Maestro Keith Lockhart and Paula Cole. There will be a special tribute in honor of Mayor Tom Menino, who will also “flip the switch” of the 80-foot tree.

8:30 pm – Performance by Sugarbabies Band

Additional info:
The Faneuil Hall tree lighting kicks off Blink!, a light show displaying more than 350,000 LED lights set to the songs of the Holiday Pops. Blink! will run through January 5, 2014.

Food & Drink:
Faneuil Hall Marketplace offers many restaurants and vendors, including Ned Devine’s Irish Pub, Anthem Kitchen + Bar, and Cheers. There are also more than 36 international food stalls inside Quincy Market Colonnade.

For a full list of food vendors, visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/restaurants.

Shopping:
If you’d like to get your holiday shopping started early, the marketplace has over 100 shops and cart vendors, including notable retail stores, as well as pushcarts featuring local artisans selling their products.

For a full list of shopping vendors, visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/directory.

Parking and transportation
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is accessible by multiple MBTA stations. If you’re taking the “T,” get off at the following stops depending on what line is taken:

Blue line – Aquarium/Faneuil Hall
Green line – Government Center
Orange line – State Street or Haymarket
Red line – Park Street
Commuter Rail – North Station or South Station

Parking is available at 75 State Street Garage, located on Broad Street. Participating Faneuil Hall Marketplace vendors offer a $3-off validation coupon. Full parking details, including parking prices, can be found at www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/info/directionsandparking.

What not to bring:
Coolers and backpacks are not permitted for the tree lighting ceremony.

For more information about visiting Faneuil Hall Marketplace, see www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com.

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