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Back Bay welcomes holidays with Copley tree lighting

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  November 28, 2012 04:20 PM

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The Copley Square holiday tree glows after its annual lighting ceremony.

Rain could not keep holiday revelers away Tuesday when dozens gathered on Copley Square to watch the annual lighting of the square's tree and welcome the holiday season.

Guests sipped hot chocolate, nibbled on cookies, and watched a perform on stilts as they huddled under umbrellas or braved the cold rain as they waited for the tree to light up for the season.

"I sort of consider the Common our back yard where we run around, play, throw frisbees and this is our front yard that we show off and decorate so beautifully," said Janet Wu, a WHDH-TV anchor and Back Bay resident, who hosts the annual event.

The annual celebration kicked off with songs performed by the United States Air Force Brass Quintet, and featured songs from including the Trinity Church Choristers and Boston Children?s Chorus.

Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty also stopped by to help light the tree.

"Four years ago you remember the tree was what we likened to a Charlie Brown tree I think it had three strings of lights and I think it eight feet tall," said Dan Donahue, of the nearby Lenox Hotel, complimenting the work the Friends of Copley Square does to host the event and maintain and improve the square throughout the year.

"You'll see tonight it is a beautiful tree that befits this beautiful square," he said.

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Angela Menino, the wife of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Santa Claus flip the switch as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, Boston Parks Department Commissioner Antonia Pollak, and WHDH-TV anchor and Back Bay resident Janet Wu look on.


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