Tree for Boston

Every year, Nova Scotia sends the City of Boston a Christmas tree to thank them for the help they provided after the Halifax Explosion.

Close-up of the Boston Tree from 2016

Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston on display on the Boston Common.

History of the Tree for Boston

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

Boston sent immediate medical aid and relief supplies to Nova Scotians. We will never forget this support and kindness from the people of Boston. To say thank you, the province gives Boston the gift of a beautiful Christmas tree every year.

Learn more about the Halifax Explosion at the Nova Scotia Archives.

2022 celebrations

Follow the Tree for Boston on social media for up-to-date information and stories about the tree and this year’s celebrations:

Boston tree lighting virtual broadcast

Thursday, 1 December 2022 on WCVB-TV

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