Christmas trees are all aglow in Bay Ridge!

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Bay Ridge is getting lit this week!

Ovens have hardly cooled from Thanksgiving roasting, and now the ‘hood is on fire with Christmas tree lightings.

On Tuesday, flap over to Owl’s Head Park (68th Street and Colonial Road) for some early Christmas cheer. The park conservancy is firing up a tree at 7, and then they are firing up the chorus! The Guild for Exceptional Children chorus will regale folks with wintertime tunes, and Bay Ridge Manor will dole out free cocoa. Get it while it’s hot!

But state Sen. Golden is one-upping the Owl’s Head lighting the very next night at Shore Road Park (at the Gazebo at Shore Road and 90th Street). He’s anteing the illuminated tree, hot chocolate, and carolling, but he’s also raising the stakes. That’s right, the big man himself — Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Father-friggin’-Christmas — will not only be on hand, but he will be handing out toys to all the good girls and boys. The fun starts at 6:30 pm.

But even the powerful state senator is no match for the might of the federal government. Ft. Hamilton (101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway) is declaring all-out war on the War on Christmas on Dec. 4, and they’re at DEFCON Two Turtle Doves. They will be armed with a tree, holiday food, Santa and his sleigh, a holiday market, and a carousel! The party goes from 1600–2100 hours (that’s from 4 pm to 9 pm for you civilians). Registration is required, and you can enlist your family at

Stay tuned next week for wall-to-wall Hanukkah coverage!

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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