Tree Lighting Ceremony

City of Framingham's 30th Annual Tree
Lighting Ceremony and Outdoor Holiday Block Party
Holiday Block Party from City Hall Plaza Down Union Avenue to Include Free Digital Pictures, Hot Chocolate and Treats, Music, a Story Walk, Free Books, and More
Friday, December 3, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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The City will host the 30th Annual Tree Lighting at City Hall on Friday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome to watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive in grand style atop a Framingham Fire Engine.

To help protect against COVID-19, this year’s event will be held entirely outdoors at City Hall Plaza. Union Avenue, between Concord Street, and Proctor Street, will be closed to traffic for the block party festivities.

Kids of all ages can tour the Story Walk produced by the Public Library and the Book Mobile. Attendees will also snack on popcorn, cookies, candy canes, and hot chocolate, select a free book, and enjoy holiday tunes provided by the Rousseau Family’s antique oil truck.

People will be able to pose for pictures in front of a green screen for the second year after choosing from one of the nine fun, festive backgrounds. The pictures will be available for digital download the next day for free. Because Santa and Mrs. Claus want to be extra safe with Framingham’s families, they will not be posing for pictures with families as they have in the past. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and join in on the festivities.


Attendees can park in several public parking lots, including:

  • City Hall, 150 Concord Street
  • Main Library, 49 Lexington Street
  • Danforth Building, 123 Union Avenue
  • Pearl Street Garage, 3 Pearl Street
  • Street parking, available first-come-first-serve

Special thank you to our sponsors, including:

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • MetroWest Medical Center
  • Target
  • Whole Foods Market

A thank you also goes out to the City of Framingham Divisions, including the Framingham Police Department and Auxiliary Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Public Works, Capital Projects & Facilities Management, Framingham Parks & Recreation, Human Resources Department, Framingham Public Library, and numerous City volunteers.