Close-up of the Boston Tree from 2016

Tree for Boston

Nova Scotia will never forget the support Boston provided in 1917, and to say thank you, the province will once again give the people of Boston the gift of a beautiful Christmas tree.

For decades, this tradition honours the kindness and support Bostonians offered Nova Scotians in a time of need.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Important dates

  • Tree cutting
  • Tree send-off event
  • Tree in Parade of Lights
  • Leave for Boston from Miller Lake
    • Arrive in Amherst, NS
    • Leave Amherst
    • Arrive in Bangor, Maine
  • Leave Bangor, Maine
    • Arrive Augusta Capital Park, Maine
    • Leave Augusta, Maine
    • Arrival in Boston
  • Delivery to Boston Common
  • Boston Tree Lighting with Live Broadcast

Watch the tree lighting live via a webcast on or via cable on WCVB Boston – the ABC affiliate.

Cutting of the 2016 Boston Tree

School contest

The contest is open to all grade 3 to 5 classes in Nova Scotia.

Cutting of the 2013 Boston Tree

Selection process

Do you have the next Tree for Boston? Learn more about the selection process.

Two women walking down the street in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion in December 1917

100 years 100 stories

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion we’re sharing 100 stories.

Follow the tree

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