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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas in NYC: Park Avenue Tree Lighting

One of our very favorite parts of the trip was the Park Avenue Tree Lighting and Carol Sing. The Presbyterian Church at Park Avenue and 91st Street hosts the event every year, and Park Avenue is packed for blocks with people joining in the holiday cheer. Programs are handed out that include lyrics to fourteen Christmas carols -- and the crowd sings every single one! It's pretty much one of the greatest things ever, standing in the middle of the street, singing Christmas carols with a couple thousand strangers.

The tradition of lighting the trees along Park Avenue began back in the 1940's as a way to honor the men and women who gave their lives in WWII. It has continued for decades and though it serves as a way to kick off the holiday season, the original purpose lives on as they have a moment of silence and play taps to remember those who given their lives in the service of our country. Such a sweet tradition. Christmas carols are sung, a prayer is said, taps is played, and then the trees are lit! And then more singing, of course. The crowd was quite jolly by the time the final number, Jingle Bells, was sung. We were definitely in the Christmas spirit.
Many thanks to Ang for letting us join her for one of her Christmas traditions!


  1. That definitely sounds like one of my kind of events! I would have loved to do that! How awesome! And I love the meaning behind it!

  2. What a great experience! I didn't know the meaning behind lighting the Tree there. So neat! Wow! Thanks for sharing about it. I bet it was amazing for sure to be there and sing the songs and feel the gratitude for those who faught in WWII. Hey, a side note: We were up in Layton yesterday for a family christmas party. We were hoping that we would be able to come and see you and your new home there. Time got away from us too quickly and we were sad we missed stopping by. Next time we are up, we will most definately come see you!

  3. I love your pictures! This really is one of my favorite NYC Christmas traditions, and I'm so happy you guys were there to celebrate it with me! Do you mind if I borrow some of these for my own blog? I've been slacking on photography soooo much lately!


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