Christmas Tree Lighting In Depth – 95th Year at Washington Square Park

One Rainy Night

It was one rainy night for the 95th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Washington Square Park last Monday, December 9th. The date had been moved from the previous Wednesday (when there was no rain!). 95 years! Santa did not appear in the rain and it seemed like mostly stalwart NYU and other college students, along with a few families and other locals joining in the caroling with the Rob Susman Quartet but that made the event seem “cozy.” Everyone was happy to be there despite the wetness. Trevor Sumner from the Washington Square Association led the festivities.

NYPD lights

A couple of years ago, these NYPD generator lights started being placed in the park at night. Word at one Community Board meeting was that there had been a “threat” against Christmas trees, hence the lights.

Door to the Arch

The tree at Washington Square Park will be lit each day from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. until early next year. Happy Holidays!
Photos: Cathryn

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