In 2017, the Tree Lighting is slated for Sunday, Dec. 3.
Join us Sunday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. for our 71st Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing! The whole community is invited to gather in front of the church steps on Park Avenue at 91st Street where Rev. Douglas King will share words of remembrance and celebration and all will join in a rousing Carol Sing led by Brick Church's Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth. You can now download the 2017 carol sheet here.
Before the event, please join us for our:
Social Hour in Watson Hall
Sunday, December 3, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
one, come all and partake in fellowship and goodies to warm the heart
on a cool night. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of
holiday crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading
out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
About the Tree Lighting: Trees
on Park Avenue have been illuminated every year since 1945 as a
memorial to Americans who have sacrificed their lives in war and in
celebration of New York’s holiday season. Cherry trees planted on the
median, as well as evergreen trees placed for the occasion, are strung
with lights. This illumination is organized and paid for by the Fund for
The Brick Church, has partnered
with the Fund to present a lighting ceremony to which all are invited.
This ceremony, held for more than 70 years on the night of the first
Sunday in December, is interfaith in nature and sensitive to the
religious diversity of our neighborhood. It has been customary to close
off the south-bound lanes of Park Avenue, roughly between 89th and 93rd,
from the late afternoon until the conclusion of the ceremony and
dispersal of the attendees at about 7:30 p.m. The gathering has been
both a somber and joyous New York tradition of more than half a
Photo by Cutty McGill and courtesy of the Fund for Park Avenue.