Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting December 7th – 92 Year Old Tradition

washington square park christmas tree 2011
2011 tree

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, December 7th, the Washington Square Park Christmas tree will be lit for the 92nd year under the Arch. A little known fact: the Washington Square tree lighting ceremony is older than the Rockefeller Center tradition – by seven years!

Washington Square Association, an 109-year old community organization, presents the event:

On Wednesday, December 7th at 6 pm, the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs.  The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.  Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand,  and lead the children in the illumination countdown.  The Washington Square Association provides songbooks.

Caroling will also occur under the Arch on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th at 5 p.m.

Read about the first tree lighting in 1924 here. That tree was planted in the park!

Photo of the tree in 2011: Geekdudehn via Instagram.

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3 thoughts on “Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting December 7th – 92 Year Old Tradition”

  1. Hi Ann, I dont see a reference to December 10th unless an old post is showing up under Related Posts that had that date some years back. Anyway, to confirm, it is the 7th!




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