Plymouth, MA

How You Can Watch Plymouth's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Dianna Carney
If you're looking to celebrate Christmas like a 17th-century radical, then you're invited to join the 2023 Plymouth Tree Lighting!Photo byElina Fairytale on Pexels

The holiday season is filled with lights, decorations, and trees adorned with ornaments. But, if you were a Plymouth resident in 1659, you'd be seen as a real rebel for celebrating Christmas in such an "offensive way". Christmas trees were seen as so despicable, that at one point you may have been cited or even arrested for honoring the festive holiday in such a cheerful way!

To Plymouth's residents 363 years ago, any kind of Christmas decoration was seen as extremely offensive, and not festive at all. This is because, to the earliest American Puritan communities, Christmas was sacred. The Plymouth Colony's governor even tried to stop the use of evergreens, decorations, and singing carols, as he considered them a “pagan mockery” of the holiday observance.

The first record of a Christmas tree being displayed "was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier." The first Christmas tree on record in Massachusetts was in 1832 when a Harvard professor named Charles Follen introduced the Christmas tree during a party at his house in Cambridge.

If you're looking to celebrate Christmas like a 17th-century radical, then you're invited to join the 2023 Plymouth Tree Lighting taking place in Downtown Plymouth, on the lawn of the Town Hall. This tree lighting is being hosted in partnership with the Plymouth Kiwanis Club, the Town of Plymouth, Plymouth Public Schools, and South Shore Race Management. The event will have family-friendly activities for every member of your clan, including:

  • Music
  • Hayrides
  • Face painting
  • Holiday crafts
  • An appearance by Santa
  • Winter Lights 5K

If this sounds like a fun holiday event you won't want to miss, mark your calendar for Friday, December 1st from 4:30 pm until 8 pm. For the most up-to-date information about this event, visit the Facebook page created for this event at

2023 Plymouth Tree Lighting Event Details

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