Washington Square Christmas Tree Arrives Monday! | 96th Year at the Park

Updated Information

The Washington Square Park Christmas tree will arrive on Monday, November 30th for the 96th year under the Arch (well, except for the year the Ai Weiwei exhibit moved the tree onto the Fountain Plaza). It will be decorated shortly after its arrival early that morning by the New York City Parks Department.

Tree Lighting This Year Will be Virtual

UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Square Park tree lighting this year will be virtual. A link to ‘attend’ the ceremony will be forthcoming.

The tree lighting ceremony will be held at the park on Wednesday, December 9th at 6 p.m. – the tree is typically promptly lit. Music from the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and Santa Claus will be on hand. Singing along is encouraged and song books will be provided by the Washington Square Association, one of the oldest neighborhood groups in NYC.

You’ll have another chance for Christmas Caroling on Thursday, December 24th at 5 p.m. with the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and Santa under the Arch. Tree and caroling events are supported by the Washington Square Association.

Image: Cathryn

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4 thoughts on “Washington Square Christmas Tree Arrives Monday! | 96th Year at the Park”

  1. What a delightful post. As someone from the District, it’s very interesting to note that the National Tree influence the Washington Square tree, especially because of the underlying city rivalry.

  2. Cathryn,

    The ceremony is virtual this year. Can you please update your blog post as crowds are highly discouraged and if the event is promoted, the Parks Department will cancel it. Please let me know. Thanks you.

    Trevor Sumner


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