The Blink! Return Means it is Holiday Time at Faneuil Hall

Posted November 16, 2015 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
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With the amazing weather in Boston this autumn making you wonder why you packed away your shorts, it might surprise you that the holidays are just a few weeks away. Blink a few times and you’ll be making resolutions for 2016.

Eventually the weather will turn (winter is coming), and you’ll be knee deep in holiday cheer (and perhaps snow). One way to enjoy it all is to embrace the season and Blink! again.

This month, Blink!, the state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that transforms America’s first open marketplace, returns to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center for its fourth year. This six week state-of-the-art magical and unforgettable show uses more than 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline. And backed by the song stylings of the Holiday Pops, it offers dazzling seven-minute mini-musicals that run continuously each evening, blinking and twinkling to the music for the most beautiful winter wonderland.

Last year’s light show attracted more than 200,000 visitors over the holiday season, as the twinkles danced seamlessly to the music throughout every inch of Faneuil Hall. And it all starts with one giant celebration on Saturday, November 21.

Join thousands of your closest friends (last year there were 30,000 people in attendance) during the lighting of the city’s first holiday tree of the season. On November 21, the stage will be filled with holiday cheer and entertainment all day, starting at 2 pm and culminating with a live broadcast on WBZ-TV at 7pm.


The 2014 attendance saw 30,000 people flock to Downtown Boston.

From 2 pm to 5 pm, you’ll enjoy performances by The Revels, Women of the World presented by Scullers Jazz Club, and much more. Then it’s time for the “Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular.” Mayor Martin J. Walsh joins Governor Charlie Baker to help “flip the switch” to light the nearly 80-foot holiday tree located at Marketplace Center adjacent to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Yes, our tree is better than their tree, standing at an even taller height than the beloved tree in Rockefeller Center. In fact, it’s largest holiday tree in the northeast. Then stick around because, from 8pm to 9pm, Sweet Tooth and The Sugarbabies Band take you into the night with their electrifying music.

The “Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular” will be co-hosted by WBZ-TV News anchors Lisa Hughes and David Wade. Throughout the night you’ll also enjoy holiday musical performances by Maestro Keith Lockhart, a performance of The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet, and selections from Boston Men’s Gay Chorus.

Starting November 22, the Blink! light and sound show runs every half hour beginning at 4:30 pm by “The Big Tree” at Marketplace Center and then runs every half hour beginning at 5 pm by “The Three Trees” in the North Market of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. You don’t want to miss this annual tradition in downtown Boston. Because in a blink, the season will be gone.

Blink! will take place at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center at 4 South Market Street in Boston.