Western Brooklyn

Light Up The Holiday Season At These Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Photo by Johnny Lai/Flickr.
Photo by Johnny Lai/Flickr.

It’s that time of year again when you get the family out to pick a Christmas tree and enjoy a hot cocoa at the neighborhood lighting ceremony. This year you have quite a selection of lightings to choose from, as in addition to local lightings Senator Marty Golden is hosting, a native Dyker Heights man has also reached out to us, inviting you to his tree lighting.

On Tuesday, November 29, Golden hosted the first in a series of lighting ceremonies at the Shore Road Park Gazebo at 90 Street and Shore Road. Here is a video of the festivities from Golden’s Facebook page:

The people who came out this week braved the rain to celebrate the opening of the Christmas season. Hopefully, the rest of the ceremonies will be drier (as of this writing, the forecast says they will be).

If you can’t make it to any of these, you can always go roam Dyker — through the holidays, you can fairly expect the neighborhood to be perpetually lit. The Dyker lights even have their own Yelp page to prove as much.

At each event, Golden and his office will be taking toy donations for kids whose families are in a tough spot this holiday season. Here they are if you want to celebrate Christmas with your neighbors:

Lady Moody Triangle
Tonight, Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Van Sicklen and Avenue U

McKinley Park
Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway

Lott House, Marine Park
Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Between Fillmore Avenue and Avenue S

For more information, call Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

And here is another lighting, organized by a lifelong area resident:

Monsignor Cassato and Jamie’s annual lighting
When: Wednesday, December 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Where: 7101 18th Avenue
Salvatore Strazzullo, a lifelong Dyker resident, has been holding his personal tree lighting ceremony for what will this year be 15 years. The event will feature games, rides, music by DJ Cousin Anthony, and food by Brooklyn’s own Famous Lucy’s Sausages and an appearance from Santa himself. “This event is just a small gesture by him to the community as a thank you for their continued support,” Strazzullo’s cousin told us via email. All are invited!

Additional reporting by Hannah Frishberg

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