Photos: Honorary Boston Common Christmas Tree arrives from Nova Scotia

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor

Several dozen spectators watched Friday morning as Maltby and Company Tree Service helped erect this year’s Nova Scotian white spruce Christmas tree in Boston Common.

The tree is sent by the Canadian province each year to honor the relationship between the Boston and Nova Scotia. In 1917, following the Halifax explosion that killed 1,800 people and devastated the city, Boston quickly sent relief North and assisted in the recovery. The province of Nova Scotia now cuts a tree each year and delivers it to the city. This one stands at 45 meters adjacent to the Boston Common’s visitor center, a short walk from Park Street.

In addition to honoring the aid from Boston 103 years ago, this year’s Tree for Boston stands as a symbol of thanks to healthcare workers who have been fighting COVID-19.

The city will coat the tree with lights on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.