Boston Begins the Holiday Season with the Blink Tree Lighting Spectacular

Posted November 24, 2014 by Kayla Baker in Downtown Boston
Blink Tree

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us, but Boston has formally kicked off the celebration with the Blink Tree Lighting Spectacular. Almost 30,000 people gathered at Quincy Market on November 22nd for a full day of musical fun that ended with a performance by the Boston Pops and the lighting of Faneuil Hall’s beloved Christmas tree. Not even the chilly day could keep Bostonians from showing their holiday cheer!

A small crowd gathered around the stage at Quincy Market the afternoon of Saturday the 22nd to see the arrival of Santa Claus and listen to a myriad of musical guests, such as Jilly Martin, Ryan Brooks Kelly and Sweettooth and the Sugarbabies Band. As the crowd danced to the music and bought mugs of hot chocolate from Santa, a flurry of people were hard at work behind the scenes, setting up camera equipment and testing microphones in anticipation of the main event.

By the early evening, the crowd had increased to an enormous size and filled every square inch of the Faneuil Hall and Quincy Marketplace grounds. The Blink Tree Lighting Spectacular went live on WBZ-TV at 8 pm and the main stage transformed into a holiday extravaganza. Pop star Meghan Trainor surprised the crowd with her appearance as she performed her popular song “All About That Bass” in a festive red and white outfit. The Boston Ballet also took to the stage to perform the Overture of The Nutcracker Suite, garnering many cheers and enthusiastic applause. The night’s musical performances rounded out with the Boston Pops performing a medley of holiday favorites.

Blink Tree Lighting

The Faneuil Hall Christmas tree was lit for the first time this season. Photo Credit: Kalyla Baker

Finally, at 9 pm, the Faneuil Hall Christmas tree was lit for the first time this season. Lights from the Christmas tree as well as the other trees lining Quincy Market danced to the sound of Handel’s Messiah as over 350,000 LEDs blinked in sync with one another. For seven minutes the large crowd was silenced in awe of the sight. The Blink Tree Lighting Spectacular is an event that’s not to be missed, and thankfully those who did not attend the initial lighting event can view this beautiful holiday display as it runs continuously every evening from November 22nd through January 4th at Faneuil Hall.

Along with the Blink Tree Lighting Spectacular, Faneuil Hall with be hosting many fun holiday events all season long. Santa will make appearances inside Faneuil Hall’s rotunda every Wednesday through Sunday until the end of the year. Quincy Market will host an interactive reading of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer every Saturday in December at 11 am leading up to Christmas day. There is also the 29th Annual Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at 2 pm on Saturday, November 29th. And of course, Quincy Market’s multitude of shops will be open throughout the holiday season to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. With its array of lights, music, and other festivities, Faneuil Hall proves that Downtown Boston is the best place to spend the most wonderful time of the year.