Photos: Laurie Lambrecht
The tradition of lighting fir trees on Park Avenue each winter began in 1945 when a small group of Park Avenue families, led by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark, the wife of an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, lit trees to honor the men and women who died in WWII. Today the illuminated trees serve as a memorial to all who have lost their lives defending our country.
This sparkling display is made possible each year by contributions The Fund for Park Avenue receives from the community.
The trees are lit on the first Sunday of December following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street) that serves both as a reminder of the original meaning of the lights and a celebration of the holiday season.