Close-up of the Boston Tree from 2016

Tree for Boston

On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour, causing a devastating explosion. It killed nearly 2,000 people and left hundreds injured or homeless.

Nova Scotia will never forget the support, kindness and quick response the people of Boston provided after the explosion. To say thank you, the province gives Boston the gift of a Christmas tree ever year.

Important dates

  • November 13, 10:30am – tree cutting ceremony, Trenton
  • November 15, noon – tree send-off event at Grand Parade, Halifax
  • November 16, 6pm – The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights, Halifax
  • November 17, 10:00am – tree send-off at Amherst Superstore
    November 19, 11:00am – tree arrives, Boston Common Visitors Centre
  • December 5, 6pm – Boston tree lighting pre-show, Boston Common
  • December 5, 7pm – Boston tree lighting with live broadcast, Boston Common

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