The brief ceremony followed his reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Gov. Deval Patrick read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to children at the State House on Wednesday and then went to the front steps to count down to the tree lighting.
The 'light and sound extravaganza' is being billed as Boston's newest tradition.
Stroll through the Faneuil Hall Marketplace this Saturday night, Nov. 17 for the annual tree lighting and hear and see the premiere of Boston's free holiday concert and light show, Blink. The "light and sound extravaganza" featuring the Boston Pops is being billed by organizers as Boston's newest holiday tradition. Attendees can stroll along the Faneuil Hall open marketplace under an 85-foot Christmas tree and 350,000 LED lights choreographed along with a live concert from the Holiday Pops. The show is in partnership with Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Arts Boston and the Greater Boston Visitors and Convention Bureau. "Blink! is going to be the talk of Boston," said Erin Farley of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. "Blink! is family friendly and free—we …