Tree for Boston

-Tree for Boston via Facebook

Since 1971, Nova Scotia has given a Christmas tree to the people of the City of Boston as a measure of gratitude for the way our Southern neighbours reached out during the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Each year, the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston is cut from a Nova Scotia farm and driven by truck to Boston, Mass. where it stands proudly in the Boston Common throughout the holidays. The annual event attracts more than 30,000 people each year from Canada and the United States, and 300,000 more tune in to watch the event live.

 Read our story from 2015: “Let’s Meet Some of the Hard-Working Nova Scotians Who Pull Together to Deliver the Tree for Boston”

The 2019 Tree For Boston is being donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Black Point, Pictou County, NS. The majestic White Spruce stands 45-feet proud. “The Tree for Boston is one of our proudest traditions as we honour the kindness Boston showed us in our time of need,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin.  –

The tree will be cut down in a public ceremony on November 13th, join the ‘Halifax Parade of Lights’ on November 16th, then continue on its traditional journey to Boston.

Tree for Boston 2019

Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders are donating the 2019 white spruce for this year’s Tree for Boston. Photo: Tree for Boston Facebook

Nova Scotia Tree for Boston

November 13th, 2019: Tree Cutting Ceremony
November 15th, 2019: Tree for Boston Sendoff Event, Grand Parade, Halifax
November 16th, 2019: Tree in the Parade of Lights
December 5, 2019: Tree Lighting in Boston Common