Last night marked the unofficial start of the holiday season here in Boston.  The 2012 Boston Christmas Tree Lighting in Faneuil Hall Marketplace took place on Saturday evening, and the young and old alike came out to enjoy this beautiful holiday tradition in one of Boston’s most historic areas. Along with the annual Faneuil Hall Christmas tree lighting, audiences were treated to the launch of Blink!, a stunning six-week, state-of-the-art, light and sound show set to music from the Holiday Pops. BostInno was on the scene in Faneuil Hall last night to capture photos of the Christmas tree lighting and the premiere of Blink!. Check out the photos below of the Christmas tree and Blink! as Boston kicks off the 2012 holiday season!

Photos of the 2012 Faneuil Hall Christmas Tree Lighting & the launch of Blink!

Featuring 350,000 energy-efficient LED lights, Blink! will run 12 times a night through December 31st, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. each night to the tunes of the Holiday Pops. As Boston’s newest Christmas tradition, the show is set to run for the next five holiday seasons, through the year 2017.

Additionally, Faneuil Hall’s Christmas tree is the largest tree in New England, standing at 85-feet tall and adorned with LED lights that require 30 percent less electricity than last year’s Christmas tree. In fact, the entire six-week Blink! show uses the same amount of electricity as the average American household.

“The FHMA is confident that Blink! will transform this iconic property into a must-visit destination this holiday season,” said Carol Troxell, Faneuil Hall Merchants Association President, in a press release. “The support we have received from Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, and partners such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra has been crucial to the success of this program. The merchants are optimistic about increased sales this holiday season as a result of Blink!”

Blink! is a collaboration between Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Mayor’s Holiday Special, ArtsBoston and The Greater Boston Visitors and Convention Bureau.