Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas in Faneuil Hall

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I'm ready to start sharing Christmas related posts! Last Saturday, AJ and I had a wonderfully fun evening with a big crowd of people getting into the Christmas spirit. The Faneuil Hall Christmas Tree Lighting is the first tree lighting of the season in Boston. It's a big, fun event and everyone crowds around the tree (which is bigger than Rockefeller's Center tree!) and the stage where performers and celebrities entertain until the tree lights up.

AJ and I started the night with mass at St. Leonard's and then walked over to Caffe Vittoria on Hanover Street to kill time before making our way to the tree. I had a cappuccino, AJ had an affogato, and we split a slice of tiramisu. The caffe was decorated beautifully with lights and garlands and we were lucky to find an open table!

From there, we walked to Faneuil Hall and stopped in a few stores, including Newbury Comics were I bought 7 Christmas movies that I can't wait to start watching! It was already getting really crowded so we made a quick trip through Gap before squeezing our way towards the stage. We stood in a good spot, we couldn't see the stage but we could see the screen and the tree perfectly. There were so many people! Families with little babies, high school students, young couples, everyone!

From 7-8, a band played pop music with some Christmas songs thrown in, and the real celebration started at 8. It was led by local radio DJs and they had performers from the Nutcracker, a Red Sox player, a taped performance by Meghan Trainor, and then Mayor Walsh read The Night Before Christmas.

When the tree lit up, it was amazing. The tree is so tall and so full and, in Faneuil Hall, there is always a light show. It happens from 4-10 every afternoon, every half hour. The lights on the tree and the lights around Faneuil Hall synchronize with Christmas music to put on a great Christmas, show.

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