On Saturday, November 23rd, thousands of people gathered at Faneuil Hall in Boston to watch the largest Christmas tree in New England light up to start the holiday season. The tree was over 80 feet tall and featured over 30,000 lights! All that attended were in the holiday spirit, as they sang along with the holiday carols that were played throughout the marketplace.
The ceremony was aired on television for all to see across Massachusetts, and featured Mayor Menino, Paula Cole, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a special surprise from one of the Red Sox players! Though it was a cold night, everyone was excited to see the first snowfall of the season while they were watching the ceremony! And it was even said that Santa had made an appearance earlier in the day!
Wheelock is just a quick 20-minute subway ride to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. There are lots of stores and restaurants for students to explore during the weekends. Many residence halls decided to take a trip to this tree lighting together, so lots of Wheelock students were in attendance. Boston during the holidays is a beautiful site and shouldn’t be missed!
Here is a view of Quincy Market during the holiday season.