THE PARK AVENUE TREE LIGHTING
The tradition of lighting trees on Park Avenue began in 1945 when several Park Avenue families wanted a special way to honor those men and women who had died in World War II. Today the illuminated trees – which appear on the malls between 54th and 97th Streets – remain a symbol of peace and a reminder of the sacrifices made to attain it.
The trees are lit on the first Sunday evening of December following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church that serves as a reminder of the original meaning of the lights and a celebration of the holiday season.
In the early days, the cost of the Tree Lighting was underwritten by a few families but now this sparkling display is made possible each year by contributions The Fund for Park Avenue receives from the community.
Thank you to everyone listed here who made the 2017 Tree Lighting possible.