The holiday look will officially be upon us starting December 1 with the lighting of the white lights along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The lighting season begins in earnest however, with celebrations in Copley Square on December 2, and on the Common on December 4. All information courtesy of the Boston Discovery Guide (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/):
Copley Square Tree Lighting - Tuesday, December 2, 5:00pm-6:00pm - Wreaths with red bows decorate the square and the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights go on - look for appearances by Santa, the Boston Pops, and Rudolph! The Boston Public Library and Catered Affair host a story time and candy cane tea at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 3:30-5pm (tea is free but you must make reservations - call 617-859-2282). More family fun begins at about 4:30pm with Jugglers, stilt walkers, and holiday music provided by Magic 106.7.
Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4pm-8pm (lights go on at about 7:55pm), with games, prizes, and more at the Frog Pond Skating Rink. This exciting event takes place near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St and stars the special tree sent as a gift from Nova Scotia and 80+ other lighted trees throughout the Common and Boston Garden. When the Mayor turns on the lights, the Boston holiday season officially begins!