Many cities and towns will be turning on the lights of elegant Christmas trees, usually in public greens or parks or squares, starting soon after Thanksgiving. These happy moments are often accompanied by carol singing, hot chocolate, and invitations to discounts and nearby shopping. See some of our favorites below and check out the full listing, with more details, at our Holiday Events page. More new listings are joining the page every day.
- November 29 – Milford Green. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- November 30 –Mystic, CT. Mystic River Park. 6 p.m.
- December 5 – New Haven on the New Haven Green. 4-8 p.m.; tree lighting happens about 7 p.m.
- December 6 – Fairfield. Town Hall Green, 611 Old Post Road. Choral music at 6 p.m.; tree lighting is at 7 p.m.
- November 29 – Portland. Monument Square Tree Lighting . 6:15 p.m.
- November 29 – Rockland. Lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree. 6 p.m.
- November 30 – York. Lighting of the Nubble at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. 5-7 p.m.
- December 6 – Kennebunkport. Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square. 5:30 p.m.
- December 6 – Camden. Community Tree Lighting 6:30 p.m.
- December 13 – Ogunquit. Tree lighting in Perkins Cove at Rotary Park at 6:30 p.m. Also, the town tree lighting will happen at Veterans Park at 8:15 p.m.
- December 1 – Concord. Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade 2019. Monument Square at 5:15 p.m.
- December 13 – Chatham. Tree Lighting at Christmas by the Sea Stroll Weekend. – Chatham MA. Kate Gould Park. 6 p.m.
- November 26 — Massachusetts State House Rotunda tree lighting at 5 p.m.
- December 2 — Copley Square tree lighting with bell ringing from Old South Church. 5-6 p.m.
- December 3 — Faneuil Hall Marketplace tree lighting and light show, Blink! Festivities begin at 2 p.m.; tree lighting at 7 p.m. Blink! lights at 8 p.m.
- December 5 — Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont Street. 6 p.m.
- December 5 — Commonwealth Avenue Mall tree lighting. 8 p.m.
- December 6 — North End tree lighting at Cross and Hanover Streets. 6-8 p.m.
- December 1 – Bow. Bow Gazebo tree lighting with Santa. 5:15 p.m.
- December 1 – Laconia. Laconia tree lighting. 5:15 p.m.
- December 6 – Amherst. Village Green across from Amherst Town Hall. 6 p.m.
- December 7 – Portsmouth. Parade is followed by tree lighting in Market Square. 5-7 p.m.
- November 30 – Watch Hill. Tree lighting ceremony and Christmas Village at Ocean House , 1 Bluff Avenue. 4-6 p.m.
- December 5 – Wickford. Updike Park in Wickford Village. 6 p.m.
- December 6-7 – Providence. Winter Lights Market & Tree Lighting , Providence City Hall. 5 p.m.
- December 1 — Newport. Washington Square . 5 p.m.
- December 7 – Newport. Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House , America’s Cup Avenue. 6 p.m.
- November 29 – Burlington. Christmas holiday parade and tree lighting. Church Street Marketplace. Parade at noon; tree lighting at 6 p.m.
- November 30 – Manchester. Factory Point Town Green, 6 p.m.
- December 6 – Stowe. — Children’s Lantern Parade and tree lighting at the Akeley Memorial Building. 4:30 p.m.
- December 7 – Weston. Village Green. 4 p.m.