The 68th annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common, hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor Nova Scotia Come to life, and media sponsors WCVB-TV Channel 5 and Magic 106.7 FM. WCVB TV-5 will provide live coverage hosted by Mary Richardson and Anthony Everett beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments provided by in-kind sponsors H.P. Hood LLC, Cabot Creamery, Nantucket Nectars and Snapple beverages, Dunkin' Donuts, Jazzy Apples, and New York Life.
The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden, including the city's official Christmas tree, a 46-foot white spruce donated by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Shatford of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, will light up in sequence when Mayor Menino throws the switch with Santa Claus. The Holiday Lighting is made possible through the generosity of the Egan Family in memory of Ambassador Richard J. Egan with additional support provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Suffolk University, and Emerson College. The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree and 40 trees throughout Boston Common with 10 additional trees around the skating rink sponsored by the Frog Pond Foundation.
Entertainment will include R&B singing sensation Brian McKnight, "American Idol" Season 6 third place finalist Melinda Doolittle, the Boston Arts Academy Dance Troupe, the Masquerade cabaret troupe, and Magic 106.7's Nancy Quill and Mike Addams.