New Date! Moved from Wednesday, December 4th to Monday, December 9th
Mark your calendar … the 95th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Washington Square Park will take place this year on
Wednesday, December 4th Monday, December 9th. The tree will be lit under the Arch at 6 p.m. (sharp), joined by music from the Rob Susman Quartet, Santa, a sing along, and lots of holiday cheer. On Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m., a second chance for caroling with again a visit from Santa.
The tree under the monument will be lit during the holiday season from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A little known fact: the Washington Square tree lighting ceremony is older than the Rockefeller Center tradition – by seven years!
Washington Square Association, the 113-year old community organization, presents these caroling events each year.
You can read about the first tree lighting in 1924 here. That tree was planted in the park.
As you may recall, in 2017, the Washington Square tree was displaced from its traditional location under the Arch by the controversial placement of the Ai Weiwei exhibit there.
Photo of the tree in 2011: Geekdudehn via Instagram.
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Previously at Washington Square Park Blog: