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 which killed nearly 2,000 people and left hundreds more severely injured and homeless.

Nova Scotia will never forget the support Boston provided after the explosion. 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 has honoured the kindness Bostonians offered Nova Scotians in our time of need. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the explosion.

Important dates

  • November 15, 2018 – 10:30 am – Tree cutting in Oxford, NS
  • November 15, 2018 – 02:00 pm – Tree send-off, Rath EastLink Community Centre, Truro, NS
  • November 16, 2018 – 11:45 am – Tree send-off event, Grand Parade, Halifax, NS
  • November 17, 2018 – 06:00 pm – The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights, Halifax, NS
  • November 18, 2018 – 10:00 am – 4th Annual Farewell to Nova Scotia Tree for Boston - Superstore, Amherst, NS
  • November 29, 2018 – 07:00 pm – Boston Tree Lighting with live broadcast, Boston Common, Boston, MA

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