There's nothing quite like the holiday season in Boston! From holiday markets and igloo dining to outdoor ice skating rinks and annual performances, the Greater Boston area truly is your Hub for experiencing the season's magic. Yet, if you ask us, one activity takes the cake (or should we say cookies) when it comes to immersing yourself in Boston's holiday experience - holiday lighting ceremonies!

In Boston, we don't just stop at tree lightings. From ships to festively festooned landmarks and entire neighborhoods, you'll discover that we're pretty serious about our holiday lighting ceremonies. With so many lighting ceremonies happening this year, the only question now is what ones to attend. Here's our suggestion: All of them! 

Read on for our list of must-see lighting ceremonies in Boston for 2023!



Columbus Park Trellis

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Where: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

When: Monday, November 20, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The illuminated Christopher Columbus Park trellis has been named one of the "Most Romantic Places in Boston." And for good reason! Don't miss out on being one of the first of 2023 to stroll through this shining pass-through after it dons its wintry blue lights.


Faneuil Hall

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Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

When: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

The Christmas Tree at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and its accompanying tree lighting ceremony return for 2023! Featuring a 30-foot Norway Spruce, the tree will be adorned with lights, garland, ornaments, ribbons and more in its new home between historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

Santa RSVPd to this holiday lighting, so this is your chance to tell him what you want for Christmas!


Martin's Park 2nd Annual Ship Lighting

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Where: 64 Sleeper Street

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Boston's newest holiday tradition is a must-visit if you have kids. Experience a special children's celebration featuring hot cocoa, caroling and holiday fun of all kinds as the wooden play ship at Martin's Park is illuminated with blue and white lights. Be on the lookout because we heard Santa and Betty The Yeti will be in attendance this year!


Boston's Official 2022 Christmas Tree

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Where: Boston Common

When: Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 6:00 PM 

Boston's official 2023 Christmas tree comes all the way from Nova Scotia! After it's in its new home, the tree will be lit on November 30, as the city of Boston's Official Tree Lighting is celebrated on Boston Common. This year marks the 52nd time a tree has been donated and commemorates 105 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston. The lights are set to sparkle around 7:55 pm, followed by the lighting of nearly 80 other trees throughout the Boston Common and Public Garden. 


Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting

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Where: Commonwealth Avenue Mall and Charlesgate Park

When: Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 8:15 PM 

The Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting will immediately follow the Boston Common Tree Lighting. At 8:15 pm, the city will hit the switch and celebrate the lighting of trees up and down Commonwealth Avenue and extended through to Charlesgate Park and Kenmore Square. Enjoy this festive stroll illuminated by hundreds of lights. Chances are, you'll want to make this picturesque stroll more than once this holiday season!


Light Up Seaport

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Where: Seaport Common

When: Friday, December 1, 2023 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Remember when we said we light up entire neighborhoods? This is what we meant! Make sure to join us as Seaport celebrates the holiday season with Light Up Seaport on December 1, featuring holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and more. Don't forget to stop by Snowport before the tree lighting!


Menorah Lightings

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What: 40th Annual Menorah Lighting on Boston Common

Where: Boston Common, Near Park Street Station

When:  Thursday, December 7, 2023 starting at 4:30 PM

Join Chabad of Downtown Boston for the lighting of a giant 22' menorah - one of New England's tallest menorahs!


What: Grand Seaport Menorah Lighting

Where: One Seaport

When:  Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Join Chabad of Downtown Boston at One Seaport as they light up a 9-foot-tall Menorah as part of the city's annual Menorah lightings.


What: South End Menorah Lighting

Where: The BCA Plaza, 539 Tremont Street, Boston

When:  Tuesday, December 12, 2023 starting at 5:30 PM

Join Chabad of Downtown Boston in the South End for the lighting of a 9-foot-tall Menorah, spectacular LED Show, Hanukkah treats, and more!