BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The tree that annually adorns Boston Common each Christmas arrived from Canada on Thursday.
While the tree was supposed to arrive Wednesday, its original due date was pushed back because of the pandemic.
“Usually, it gets trucked the entire way but it was delayed,” said Friends of the Public Garden President Elizabeth Vizza. “The border was closed so it got into a container ship and it was shipped from Halifax to Portland and put back on a truck so it’s going to be magically trucked to the common.”
Vizza said waiting the extra day for the tree to arrive would have been worth it because of the significance behind this year’s tradition.
“There’s a lot of anticipation,” she said, “and this year it’s going to be in person.”
However, Vizza said the toughest part of the whole ordeal is waiting the next two weeks for the lighting ceremony, which is scheduled for December 2.
“We welcome [everyone] to come to Boston Common and celebrate as a community when this tree is lit and people will get to sing songs together in a really wonderful, joyful way,” Visa said.
WBZ’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) has more on the history behind this festive occasion: