Nova Scotia Tree Lighting in Boston

Communications Nova Scotia

December 3, 2015 2:06 PM

The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston will light up Boston Common tonight, Dec. 3, in front of about 30,000 people, including proud donors of the tree, the MacEacherns of Lorne, Pictou Co.

“We are honoured to be able to donate our tree as a gift for the people of Boston on behalf of all Nova Scotians,” said Andrea MacEachern. “We can’t believe our tree will take centre stage at this special celebration.”

The gift of a tree is a thank you to the people of Boston for the support and aid Boston provided after the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, in 1917.

“We have a strong relationship with Boston, one that we respect and want to foster,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We will never forget the kindness Bostonians showed us in a time of need and that’s why we are happy to continue this tradition.”

Last year, the mayor of Boston declared the day of the tree lighting, Nova Scotia Day. Today, that special proclamation was marked again, with the raising of the Nova Scotia flag at Boston City Hall.

“Boston’s ties to Nova Scotia emphasize the spirit of caring and giving that is celebrated worldwide during the holiday season,” said Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston. “The annual gift of this beloved tree symbolizes all that is good in people and our city’s long-lasting bond with Nova Scotia.”

Premier McNeil will host Boston business leaders, high school guidance counsellors, travel media and U.S. government partners at a pre-tree lighting reception at the Omni Parker House Hotel. Guests will then be led by a park ranger through the streets of Boston to the official tree lighting program.

The tree lighting program called Holiday Lights, will take place at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. in Boston) and will be televised to an estimated audience of 300,000 on WCVB Boston Channel 5, an ABC affiliate available in Atlantic Canada on cable.

Dave Gunning will be the musical guest representing Nova Scotia on the broadcast.

“I’m proud to have this opportunity to represent my home province of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Gunning. “The boys and I are looking forward to spending a couple of nights in beautiful, historic Boston.”

Nova Scotians are encouraged to follow the ceremonies from home on social media at or on Twitter @TreeforBoston. Nova Scotians can also watch the broadcast live via a WCVB webcast by visiting .