Washington Square Christmas Tree Arrives at the Arch Monday, December 2nd! Tree Lighting Ceremony December 11th | Some History




Photos above from 2012 Tree Lighting

The Christmas tree under the Arch arrives this year from Vermont Monday, December 2nd. The 45 foot tree will be dropped off and propped up at the Park at 4 a.m. so you can welcome it if you get up reallly early! The Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting Tradition is older than the Rockefeller Center tree lighting. It’s like the 100th zillionth time the Washington Square Association — okay, actually the 89th year — has presented the Christmas tree and “sponsored” carol singing under the Arch. This year there are two opportunities – Wednesday, December 11th, when the tree will be lit, and Tuesday, December 24th.

In the early days, the tree was planted IN the Park! That would be a nice “tradition” to return to. There is space, since so many trees haven’t survived the construction at the Park, particularly around the Fountain. There is even a relatively recent spot open where the Linden tree was. This would be better than the mass cutting down of trees for short-term use, no? In 2011, 30.8 million trees were cut down for Christmas.

Also, the words to the carols used to be projected on the Arch! This would save trees too (no song books needed) and would be great to bring ‘back’ as well.

Last year, it surprised me, that, after the tree was lit and the ceremony had ended, all these little donation slips were left all over the Fountain Plaza.

These photos are from 2012.

At Washington Square Park:

Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling: Wednesday, December 11th, 6 p.m.

Christmas Eve Caroling: Tuesday, December 24th, 5 p.m.

p.s. More posts coming today shortly soon!

Update: I was going to post another Private Conservancy Watch piece but I feel like it would be better to wait. So check back!

Photos: Cathryn