Tag Archives: Tree Lighting

Caroling on Park Avenue

The Park Avenue Tree Lighting entered it’s 70th year last night in front of The Brick Presbyterian Church. With probably a couple thousand New Yorkers in attendance, singing Christmas Carols in the bitter cold, the trees along Park Avenue, from the 50’s to 96th streets were lit up last night.

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Winter’s Eve in Lincoln Square (or the Start of the Christmas Tree Lighting Season)

It’s the start of the Christmas Season in NYC — which means that there are tree lighting (and Menorah) ceremonies all over the City.

Last night (Dec. 1) one of the first tree lighting ceremonies in Manhattan kicked off the season on the Upper West Side just across from Lincoln Center. Winter’s Eve has been ongoing for 15 years with entertainers, the tree lighting of a 25-foot Christmas tree, and food tastings in the area.

Performers at the official ceremony included actors Billy Porter and Jenna de Waal from the hit musical Kinky Boots as well as folk singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie and family. Even with the rain coming down, people had the Holiday Spirit.

Here is a list of other tree lighting ceremonies happening in the next couple of weeks.

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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.