Mayor Thomas M. Menino will join the Friends of Copley Square, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Back Bay businesses and residents for the official Copley Square Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2.
The tree lighting, hosted by the Friends of Copley Square and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, features the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble directed by Band Master Bill Rollins, the Trinity Church Children's Choir directed by Richard Webster, a sing-along, a visit from Santa Claus, and donated refreshments from local businesses including eggnog and Legal Sea Foods' famous clam chowder. The highlight will be the lighting of the 40-foot blue spruce sponsored by the Friends of Copley Square and Normandy Real Estate Partners.
In addition, the Boston Public Library will hold children's activities before the tree lighting including a Story Hour at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Children's Holiday Tea at 3:30 p.m. A post-lighting celebration will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza immediately after the event.The tree lighting will also act as the kick-off for an entire month of holiday activities in and around Copley Square including musical performances, holiday book readings, fashion shows, hotel packages, restaurant deals, retails discounts, and more. For more information on these activities, go to visitbostonbackbay.com and click on "Holidays @ Copley Square."