Happy New Year 2010!

2009 Tree Lighting Side View Arch

This photo is a bit belated from the Annual Tree lighting* at the Park December 10th. I’ve run a few photos of the lit Christmas Tree at the Washington Square Arch of late but it’s so pretty and historic all at once.

*Not to be a downer but having attended the Tree Lighting ceremony for the first time this year, recognizing it is one of the oldest traditions (older than the Rockefeller Center tree lighting), I think that the ceremony could be improved a bit. I gather the Washington Square Association is in charge. I’m sure it’s a lot of work but it really needs some fine tuning. Just my cursory thoughts on the subject.

More to come on the New Year 2010Wishing you a great year to come!

Photo: Cat

SantaCon Winds its way through NYC’s Five Boroughs — Multitudes of Santas Converge At Washington Square Park Saturday Afternoon

Santas Converge at WSP

Santas Just Want to Have Fun

Well, I wasn’t there but it looks like fun! Dozens… hundreds…? A lot ! of Santas converged at Washington Square Park Saturday afternoon (12/12) for SantaCon NYC (it’s part convention, part pub crawl). They met at 10 a.m. at different locales throughout the five boroughs and wound their way throughout the city (and its pubs) before descending upon Washington Square Park‘s Fountain Plaza.

SantaCon began in San Francisco in 1994 but there are now events throughout the world.

If you’d like to join in next year, here are some of the rules from SantaCon.info, you will need to follow:

* You MUST address everyone as “Santa.”
* You SHOULD “ho-ho-ho” like Santa.
* You OUGHT to give out gifts like Santa.
* You MIGHT want to drink like Santa.
* Santa doesn’t talk to the press. Even “Ho-ho-ho” is too dangerous these days.

Photos: Katie Killary