Boston has canceled many of its tree lighting ceremonies this holiday season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be a virtual celebration of the Boston Common tree.
Faneuil Hall will not display a Christmas tree and has canceled its annual “Blink! Light and Sound Show” this year “due to the coronavirus pandemic and the regulations issued by state and local authorities limiting the size of outdoor gatherings,” according to a statement from Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Christmas trees in Copley Square, the Seaport, and Macy’s will be lit this year, but without any public events due to the pandemic.
The 79th Annual Tree Lighting on the Boston Common will take place virtually at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. Due to public health guidelines, there will not be a live event at the 45-foot white spruce on the Boston Common. Instead, the tree lighting will be broadcast on WCVB Channel 5 with hosts Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour of “Chronicle.”
Entertainment during the virtual tree lighting will include Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Nicholas Christopher from the musical “Hamilton,” and Nova Scotia’s Barra MacNeils along with Sarah and Elizabeth MacInnis with Jenny Mackenzie. Mayor Marty Walsh will count down the tree lighting virtually with Santa Claus.
“This year’s celebration reminds us of the importance of working together when we face challenges,” said Walsh in a statement. “As Boston helped Nova Scotia in 1917, the City and our residents must partner to keep each other safe and healthy from the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank our friends in Nova Scotia for the Boston Common tree, and I’m grateful we are still able to celebrate the holiday season virtually.”