Tree for Boston

The 2013 Boston Tree lit up at night in the Boston Common.

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.

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.

The location of the 2014 tree and its owners will be revealed soon, but in the meantime, here are some important dates to keep in mind.