Christmas Tree Lightings in NYC

It’s traditional this time of year to find several Christmas tree lightings going on all over the NYC now, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting, the most prominent and well-televised.

But there are many, relatively smaller, tree lightings happening around town. One that is most fun is the Park Avenue Tree Lighting, which has been going on for 69 years on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. This tree lighting first began as a tribute to the memories of soldiers lost in WWII, and now is held in  memory of all who have given their lives in wars.

One nice aspect of this tradition is the gathering of people in front of Brick Presbyterian Church, on 92nd St & Park Ave., where Park Avenue is closed to traffic and hundreds of people sing Christmas carols with the church’s youth choir; taps is played on a trumpet and the trees along Park Avenue are lit.

Here a few images from the tree lighting, taken with my Nikon 1 V2, as I was  a member of the crowd gathered on what was a slightly snowy night to add to the atmosphere.

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