Tree for Boston

2014 Boston Tree Lighting

December 4th, 2014
Boston Common

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Since 1971, Nova Scotia has given a Christmas tree to the people of the City of Boston in gratitude for their assistance and support following the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

This tradition of giving has been in place for 43 years. The tradition is a way for Nova Scotia to express sincere thanks for the help they provided during a difficult time.

This year, John and Ethel Ann MacPherson of Purlbrook, Antigonish Co., are donating the tree for Nova Scotia to give to the city of Boston.

The 13-metre (43-foot) white spruce is about 55 years old. It will be cut during a festive public ceremony Monday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Each year, the Nova Scotia tree for Boston stands proudly in Boston Common throughout the holidays. The annual event attracts more than 30,000 people each year and 300,000 more tune in to watch the live televised event on ABC.

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