Traditional Heights holiday tree-lighting in 64th year

Santa Claus visited the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the tree-lighting ceremony. Photos by Will Hasty

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

On Wednesday, for the 64th consecutive year, the switch was thrown to turn on the assortment of holiday lights at the entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, featuring a 25-foot Christmas tree and a Menorah. Sponsored and created by the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club, the ceremony includes holiday music and refreshments, mostly for children who attend.

According to the tradition, the switch is thrown by a young child with deep Brooklyn roots. This year a pair of sisters—Isabel and Margaret Rowland, ages 4 and 2 – threw the switch, aided by their parents, Greg and Amy Rowland. Now living in Boerum Hill, the Rowlands are proud to be a fifth generation Brooklyn family. Amy’s paternal great-grandparents came to Brooklyn from Italy in 1903. Her maternal great-grandparents, also from Italy, arrived in 1910.

Garden Club member Amerika Williamson was in charge of the event this year. She reported that generous support came from residents all over Brooklyn Heights, as well as the Montague Street BID, which sponsored the music from Grace & Spiritus, and Lassen & Hennigs, which donated cookies and refreshments.

“So many people love the tradition and gladly contribute,” said Williamson.

Margaret and Isabel Rowland. Photo courtesy of Amy Rowland

The Brooklyn Heights tree-lighting ceremony featured a 25-foot Christmas tree. Photo by Will Hasty

Photo by Will Hasty

Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn led the caroling at the tree-lighting. Photo by Will Hasty

December 18, 2013 - 7:30pm



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