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Holiday Tree Going Up at Faneuil Hall, But No Lights or Music This Year

Faneuil Hall will cancel its annual "Blink!" program, the annual holiday "light and sound extravaganza" that transforms the iconic building into a winter wonderland

The exterior of Faneuil Hall in Boston
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With winter fast approaching, many in Boston are getting ready for the most festive time of the year. But this year’s celebration will look a little different downtown.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace announced Wednesday that it will cancel its annual "Blink! program," the annual holiday "light and sound extravaganza" that transforms the iconic building into a winter wonderland.

But a tree was hoisted inside Quincy Market, a representative said Wednesday afternoon, and a tree lighting is planned. An announcement had earlier said there will be no holiday tree this year.

This would have been the 10th year of "Blink!" In past editions, Faneuil Hall was decorated with 350,000 LED lights and festive music and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over.

You might be paying a lot more for a Christmas tree this year, with supply chain woes and "panic buying" just part of the problem.

The change was brought on by safety regulations issued by state and local authorities, which limit the size of outdoor gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It's the second straight year the holiday program has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Winter lovers will still be able to enjoy the marketplace, open seven days a week except on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Merchants will still be decorating their shops themselves, Faneuil Hall officials pointed out.

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