One of the oldest (if not the oldest) tree lighting ceremony in the United States is happening again on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. The event is free and features:
- A horticultural workshop
- A Reading Rangers story time reading of kid’s stories Love Monster and the Perfect Present and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Music from New School Jazz Quartet, Motown the Musical, The New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox
- Gingerbread Boulevard, a one-of-a-kind collection of three life-sized Gingerbread houses
- Tree ornamentation with holiday bulbs made of hand-blown glass and gold wire from The City of Strasbourg, France
- Free holiday treats from Hill Country Chicken (Apple Bites and Apple Cider), SD26 Restaurant (Pappa Pomodoro tomato soup), and Frittering Away (Hot Apricot Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade).
It starts at 3:30pm with the tree lighting at 5pm. The event is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.