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NYC Christmas Tree Lightings and Menorah Lightings for 2018

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NYSE tree via pburka on Flickr

Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations in NYC

I can hear the bells ringing β€” The holidays are here! Check in with our list of 41 Christmas tree lightings and menorah lightings across New York City through November and December. Nearly every neighborhood has a celebration of some kind β€” If you know of one we've missed, send us an email or leave the details in the comments below!

πŸŽ„ Updated for 2018! πŸŽ„

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11/24: Park Slope Fifth Ave Tree Lighting
11/26: Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
11/27: Luminaries at Brookfield Place
11/28: Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
11/29: New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting
11/29: Central Park Floating Trees
11/29: Columbia University Tree Lighting
11/30: Abingdon Square Tree Lighting
12/1: Astoria Park Tree Lighting
12/1: Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting
12/1: StuyTown Christmas Tree Lighting
12/2: Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting
12/2: Queens Botanical Garden Tree Lighting
12/2: Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting
12/2: Chanukah on the High Line Menorah Lighting
12/2: Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting in Grand Army Plaza
12/2: Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting
12/2: Menorah Lighting at Chabad of Midtown
12/2: Grand Menorah at Carl Schurz Park
12/2: StuyTown Menorah Lighting
12/2: Park Avenue Tree Lighting
12/3: Boro Park Menorah Lighting
12/4: Bryant Park's Winter Village Tree Lighting
12/5: Ice Menorah on Fifth Avenue at Chabad of Midtown
12/5: New Dorp Tree Lighting and Festival
12/5: Washington Square Park Tree Lighting
12/6: Madison Square Park Tree Lighting
12/6: Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting
12/7: Historic Lott House Tree Lighting
12/7: Astoria's Bohemian Hall Tree Lighting
12/8: West Harlem Piers Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting
12/9: Festival of Trees
12/12: Brooklyn Borough Hall Tree Lighting
12/13: Hill Street Garden Tree Lighting
12/14: Alfred E. Smith Playground Tree Lighting
12/15: Amersfort Park Tree Lighting
12/15: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
12/16: Lewis H. Latimer House Tree Lighting
12/16: Westerleigh Park Christmas Tree Lighting
12/22: Marion Street Park Association Tree Lighting
12/22: Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting

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Event took place on 11/24

Park Slope Fifth Ave Tree Lighting

Fifth Avenue and 4th Street β€” Park Slope
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One of the earliest tree lightings in the city! The celebration starts at 4pm with a carnival theme, featuring food, music, opera singing, stilt walkers, and an appearance by Santa. The tree will be lit at 6pm.

Santa will make more visits to Fifth Ave in Park Slope on December 1st.

parkslopefifthavenuebid.com

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Event took place on 11/26

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street β€” Upper West Side
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Called "New York's Largest Holiday Festival", Winter's Eve consistently brings out large crowds with food, music, performances, and a tree lighting. This year, famous folk singer Arlo Guthrie will perform at the beginning of the night and festivities will stretch almost 10 blocks along the Upper West Side.

Winter's Eve 2017 via Lincoln Square BID

www.winterseve.nyc

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Event took place on 11/27

Luminaries at Brookfield Place

West Street at Vesey Street β€” Lower Manhattan
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An out-of-the-ordinary holiday display that lasts all season long! The Luminaries look like floating lanterns lit in a rainbow of colors covering the ceiling of Brookfield Place and will be on display every day with nightly light shows starting at 8pm. There will be food, ice skating, and caroling on the night of the lighting ceremony.

Luminaries via Arts Brookfield

www.artsbrookfield.com

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Event took place on 11/28

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 49th Street β€” Midtown
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The biggest tree in NYC! It's the 86th year for the Rockefeller Center Tree. All eyes are on the city when the tree is lit, but you'll need to stop by early to get some standing room in Rockefeller Plaza if you want to see the lighting in person. The tree for 2018 is a 72-foot tall Norway spruce from Wallkill, NY, about 75 miles north of the city, that was brought down by truck to Rockefeller Plaza on November 10th. The tree is lifted into place early in November and surrounded by scaffolding as the 50,000 LED lights are installed. The night of the lighting is a huge event that is broadcast on TV, featuring ice skating, musical performances, and celebrity guests. Even if you are out of town during the holidays, you may still have time to see the tree as it is on display nightly until January 7th, 2019.

Rockefeller Center tree via baaelectronics on Flickr

www.rockefellercenter.com

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Event took place on 11/29

New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting

Wall Street and Broad Street β€” Financial District
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One of the longest-running events, this is the 95th annual NYSE tree lighting. Standing outside the famous stock exchange building on Wall Street, the lighting ceremony features food, performances, and celebrity appearances. Where else could you see Santa and the Grinch, Clydesdale horses and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and the Harlem Globetrotters and Mr. Met all in the same place? The events begin in the afternoon before the stock exchange closing bell and the tree will be lit at 5pm.

NYSE christmas tree
NYSE tree via pburka on Flickr

www.nyse.com

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Event took place on 11/29

Central Park Floating Trees

Harlem Meer at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue β€” Central Park
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Stop by to see some trees set sail and say hello to Santa! For the 21st year, Christmas trees with LED lights are floated onto the Harlem Meer for the holiday season and you can sing carols and drink hot cocoa at sundown as they are lit for the first night.

Central Park-Harlem Meer, 12.21.13 via gigi_nyc on Flickr

NYC Parks Department

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Event took place on 11/29

Columbia University Tree Lighting

116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam β€” Morningside Heights
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Hot beverages and caroling at Low Plaza for the tree lighting on Columbia University's campus.

www.college.columbia.edu

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Event took place on 11/30

Abingdon Square Tree Lighting

Eighth Avenue at West 12th Street β€” West Village
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Caroling, cookies, and hot cocoa come to Abingdon Square for the 5th annual tree lighting. Bring your camera and you may catch a glimpse of Santa when he visits!

Abingdon Square Tree Lighting via Abingdon Square Conservancy

abingdonsquare.org

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Event took place on 12/1

Astoria Park Tree Lighting

19th Street and 23rd Avenue β€” Astoria
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The 6th annual tree lighting at Astoria Park's Great Lawn in Queens, near the base of the 59th Street Bridge, with popcorn, music, and train rides!

www.centralastoria.org

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Event took place on 12/1

Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting

East 188th Street and Arthur Avenue β€” Belmont, Bronx
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Hot chocolate, italian cookies, and a visit from Santa in Ciccarone Park

Christmas Tree via Bronx Little Italy on Instagram

www.bronxlittleitaly.com

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Event took place on 12/1

StuyTown Christmas Tree Lighting

The Oval at the Stuyvesant Town apartment complex β€” East Village

Hot cocoa, apple cider, and Christmas cookies with music and a live reading of Clement Clarke Moore's 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'

www.stuytown.com

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Event took place on 12/2

Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting

Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Road β€” Richmond Town, Staten Island
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The tree lighting is at 5pm, but there is a full day of events planned throughout Historic Richmond Town, with carriage rides, mulled cider, music, and handmade gifts for sale. Tickets are required to enter the town: $10 for adults, $8 for children.

www.eventbrite.com

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Event took place on 12/2

Queens Botanical Garden Tree Lighting

43-50 Main Street β€” Flushing, Queens
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Crafts, caroling, choir music, and photos with Santa at the botanical garden. Events throughout the day with tree lighting at 5pm.

queensbotanical.org

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Event took place on 12/2

Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting

Northwest Plaza at Myrtle Avenue and St. Edwards Street β€” Fort Greene
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Cocoa, cookies, Santa, and music at this 5th annual neighborhood tree lighting

www.fortgreenepark.org

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Event took place on 12/2

Chanukah on the High Line Menorah Lighting

High Line Park at 15th Street and Tenth Avenue β€” Chelsea

Latkes, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels! Climb up on the High Line to see the grand menorah lighting. Enter at 14th Street and walk one block north.

www.nyhebrew.org

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Event took place on 12/2

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting in Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza at the northwest corner of Prospect Park β€” Park Slope / Prospect Heights
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The famous giant menorah has been lighting the night every Hanukkah since 1985! Everyone is welcome at the lighting each night, with presents for children, hot latkes, and live music.

Mayor de Blasio lights the largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza (2016) via Edwin J. Torres / Mayoral Photo Office

www.chabadparkslope.com

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Event took place on 12/2

Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting

86th Street at East End Avenue β€” Upper East Side
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Candlelit caroling and choir singing with candy canes and hot cocoa!

www.carlschurzparknyc.org

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Event took place on 12/2

Menorah Lighting at Chabad of Midtown

Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown on Fifth Avenue at 42nd β€” Midtown
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Nightly lightings of the menorah at Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown, with a special ice sculpture menorah and celebration on the fourth night!

www.chabadmidtown.com

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Event took place on 12/2

Grand Menorah at Carl Schurz Park

Carl Schurz Park promenade at 86th Street and the East River β€” Upper East Side
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Enjoy some food and listen to the children's singalong before the first candle is lit on the menorah at 6pm.

Chanukah in the Park via Chabad Upper East Side

www.chabaduppereastside.com

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Event took place on 12/2

StuyTown Menorah Lighting

The Oval at the Stuyvesant Town apartment complex β€” East Village

Music, coffee, hot cocoa, and jelly donuts!

www.stuytown.com

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Event took place on 12/2

Park Avenue Tree Lighting

Park Avenue at 91st Street β€” Upper East Side

There are quite a variety of tree lightings across the city, but Park Avenue may hold the record for the longest! The Fund for Park Avenue sets up 104 live trees along the Park Avenue median from 54th to 97th. The tree lighting ceremony takes place outside Brick Presbyterian Church at 91st Street.

NYC Holiday 2014: Helmsley Building via gigi_nyc on Flickr

fundforparkavenue.org

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Event took place on 12/3

Boro Park Menorah Lighting

1310 46th Street, Brooklyn β€” Boro Park
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Light the menorah with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Boro Park Jewish Community Council.

www.brooklyn-usa.org

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Event took place on 12/4

Bryant Park's Winter Village Tree Lighting

Bryant Park at 42nd Street and Sixth Ave β€” Midtown

The Winter Village brings free ice skating, an open-air marketplace, and a restaurant that looks like an ice castle to Bryant Park, and to bring to life this winter wonderland, there will be a live reading of a Christmas story reenacted by ice skaters that will end with fireworks and the lighting of the tree! Scheduled for the 2018 ceremony: Alan Cumming and Olympic skaters Johnny Weir, Kaetlyn Osmond, Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and Jeremy Abbott.

bryantpark.org

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Event took place on 12/5

Ice Menorah on Fifth Avenue at Chabad of Midtown

Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown on Fifth Avenue at 42nd β€” Midtown
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This menorah will be carved from blocks of ice! On the fourth night of Hanukkah at Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown, the candles will be lit on this special ice menorah, so hopefully it won't be an unusually warm December this year! There will be music, dancing, latkes, and doughnuts. Also stop by the same location for candle lightings every night of Hanukkah.

Ice menorah via Golda on Flickr

www.chabadmidtown.com

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Event took place on 12/5

New Dorp Tree Lighting and Festival

New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza β€” New Dorp, Staten Island
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A live nativity, samples of local sweets, and festive music from a high school glee club and marching band!

www.facebook.com

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Event took place on 12/5

Washington Square Park Tree Lighting

Washington Square Park Arch β€” West Village
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Come see the 45-foot tree light up for the first time under the Washington Square Park arch. There will be caroling, a brass band, and a visit from Santa. Stop by again on Christmas Eve for a special singalong.

Christmas Arch via Rich Mitchell on Flickr

www.washingtonsquarenyc.org

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Event took place on 12/6

Madison Square Park Tree Lighting

Northeast corner of Madison Square Park at Madison Ave and 26th Street β€” Flatiron
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The classic tree lighting that may be one of the oldest still celebrated in the city! Madison Square Park was the site of a public Christmas tree display in 1912 that began a grand new tradition that continues today with the 106th lighting of the Madison Square Park tree.

Christmas Tree at Madison Square Park, December, 2014 via Jeffrey Zeldman on Flickr

www.madisonsquarepark.org

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Event took place on 12/6

Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting

Atlantic Ave at Bond Street at St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church β€” Boerum Hill
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Caroling, a visit from Santa, neighborhood announcements, music, food, and tree lighting ceremony!

Atlantic Ave tree via Atlantic Ave Local Development Corporation

atlanticave.org

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Event took place on 12/7

Historic Lott House Tree Lighting

1940 East 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11234 β€” Marine Park, Brooklyn
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Visit NYC's historic Dutch farmhouse Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn for a classic tree lighting with hot cocoa, cookies, music, and a visit from Sinterklaas!

www.lotthouse.org

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Event took place on 12/7

Astoria's Bohemian Hall Tree Lighting

29-19 24th Avenue at 29th Street β€” Astoria
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Family fun with hot chocolate and cookies as the tree is lit in the historic Bohemian Hall Beer Garden located in north Astoria / Ditmars.

bedecked beer garden via duluoz cats on Flickr

bohemianhall.com

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Event took place on 12/8

West Harlem Piers Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting

Riverside Park at West 130th Street β€” Harlem
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Make some decorations for the tree while listening to music and sipping some hot cocoa!

riversideparknyc.org

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Event took place on 12/9

Festival of Trees

H.H. Biddle House, Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street β€” Tottenville, Staten Island
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A dazzling display at the historic H.H. Biddle House that features decorated trees representing the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico, as well as a menorah that will be lit throughout Hanukkah.

NYC Parks Department

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Event took place on 12/12

Brooklyn Borough Hall Tree Lighting

Joralemon Street at Court Street β€” Brooklyn Heights
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The Brooklyn Borough tree, in all its glory! The lighting takes place in the plaza behind Brooklyn Borough Hall and will feature refreshments and music.

Brooklyn Borough Hall via Jeffrey Bary on Flickr

www.brooklyn-usa.org

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Event took place on 12/13

Hill Street Garden Tree Lighting

Hill Street and Tompkins Avenue β€” Clifton, Staten Island
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Hot cocoa, caroling, and snacks as the neighborhood lights the Hill Street tree.

NYC Parks Department

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Event took place on 12/14

Alfred E. Smith Playground Tree Lighting

80 Catherine Street β€” Two Bridges, Manhattan
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The Al Smith Holiday Celebration will bring arts and crafts, a choir singing carols, and hot cocoa to the Alfred E. Smith recreation center.

NYC Parks Department

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Event took place on 12/15

Amersfort Park Tree Lighting

East 38th and Avenue I β€” Flatlands, Brooklyn
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Bring a homemade ornament and join the neighborhood at the 5th annual tree decorating party. There's no need to chop down any trees, because a 28-foot Norwegian Spruce lives in the park all year long. There will be music, caroling, and refreshments.

Amersfort Park tree lighting via Friends of Amersfort Park

friendsofamersfortpark.weebly.com

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Event took place on 12/15

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

86th Street and Eleventh Avenue β€” Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
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Not quite a tree lighting, but an entire neighborhood lighting! The homes along 83rd to 86th Street and Eleventh to Thirteenth Avenue begin putting up massive Christmas displays right after Thanksgiving, but most displays will be up and running by December 15th. Make the trip south to Dyker Heights (near the Verrazzano Bridge) on any night from Thanksgiving to Christmas and experience one of the most spectacular light displays the city has to offer! It's best to visit on the weekends when most displays will be lit, and plan your visit beforehand to factor in travel time.

Dyker Heights via Peter Burka on Flickr

www.facebook.com

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Event took place on 12/16

Lewis H. Latimer House Tree Lighting

Leavitt Street at 137th Street β€” Flushing, Queens
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The "Tinker Fest" tree lighting at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum features music, crafts, and a tree lighting at 5pm. Lewis Latimer was an inventor, so the museum is dedicated to giving children an opportunity to experiment with all kinds of scientific materials in the Tinker Lab.

latimernow.org

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Event took place on 12/16

Westerleigh Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Maine Avenue and Willard Avenue β€” Westerleigh, Staten Island
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Come on down to Westerleigh Park and hear holiday tunes from the Port Richmond High School marching band and the P.S. 29 chorus. Feel free to bring ornaments to hang on the tree and baked goods to share!

www.facebook.com

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Marion Street Park Association Tree Lighting

Marion Street and Thomas S. Boyland Street β€” Ocean Hill, Brooklyn
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Help trim the Marion Street tree with a homemade ornament! There will be Christmas karaoke and the lighting of the tree in Marion-Hopkinson Playground.

www.facebook.com

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Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting

The Big Park, Continental Place and Grandview Avenue β€” Mariners Harbor, Staten Island
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Come meet Santa in the newly-renovated Big Park! There will be friends, fun, and a toy giveaway for kids 1–12 years old.

www.facebook.com


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