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The tradition of lighting trees on Park Avenue began seventy years ago when several Park Avenue families wanted a special way to honor those men and women who died in World War II. Today the illuminated trees – which appear on the Park Avenue Malls between 54th and 97th Streets – remain a symbol of peace and a reminder of the sacrifices made to attain it.
The trees are traditionally lit on the first Sunday evening of December following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street) that serves as a reminder of the original meaning of the lights and a celebration of the holiday season.
In the early days, the costs of the Tree Lighting were underwritten by just a few families but now this sparkling display is made possible each year by contributions The Fund for Park Avenue receives from the community.
This sparkling display is made possible each year by contributions The Fund for Park Avenue receives
from the community.
Sunday, December 4, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Come one, come all and partake in fellowship and goodies to warm the heart on a cool night. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of holiday crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Please R.S.V.P. with the number and ages in your party so we can be sure there’s enough cocoa for everyone!