Believe it or not, here comes the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular

Expect Faneuil Hall Marketplace to be crowded to spectators on Nov. 19.
Expect Faneuil Hall Marketplace to be crowded with spectators on Nov. 19. –Courtesy Faneuil Hall Marketplace

It’s not officially the holiday season in Boston until the 80-foot Christmas tree stationed adjacent to Faneuil Hall Marketplace is lit.

So mark your calendars: The annual tradition is set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 19. The day will kick off at 3 p.m. with various performances, all leading up to a one-hour program that includes the lighting of the tree.

The “Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular,” which will air on WBZ at 8 p.m., will feature music from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Sons of Serendip, the four-man musical group that met at Boston University.


The Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze are also scheduled to perform on the live TV program.

It will all culminate with Mayor Marty Walsh “flipping the switch” to light the tree.

The event kicks off six weeks of a daily holiday light and sound show in the marketplace called Blink!

Blink! runs through January 1. Shows at the Main Tree at Marketplace Center and at the South Market will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run every hour on the half hour daily. North Market shows start at 5 p.m. daily and run every hour at the top of the hour.

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