That’s when you glow Downtown: Atlantic Avenue, Borough Hall Xmas trees light up

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Results are in: Borough Hall was lit up in all its holiday glory during its tree lighting celebration on Dec. 8.
Tis the season: Skye Wright strikes a pose in front of the newly lit tree outside the Belerusian Church Atlantic Avenue.
Lit up: Nick Nienaber and his daughter Wren were all smiles during the Atlantic Avenue event.
Holiday treat: The tree lighting also featured performances from local kids.
Joy in the air: The St. Joe’s youth choir sang Christmas carols at the Borough Hall tree lighting.
Let there be light: Borough President Adams flips the switch with a little help.
Warm spirits: Wilbert and Sharon Gibson, Garry Griffin, and Eileen Edouard cozy up during the chilly ceremony.
Cutting a rug: Brownsville Recreation Center’s Victory Music and Dance program dancers showed off their moves.

They are beloved holiday traditions.

Two more Kings County Christmas trees will illuminate the night after locals lit up firs outside Borough Hall and Boerum Hill’s Belarusian Church on Thursday night. The former boasted kiddie performances and a visit from Santa, which one dad said made his daughter’s night.

“It was great and a lot of fun — my kids enjoyed it,” said Kensington resident Nick Nienaber, who attended the Atlantic Avenue lighting for the first time this year. “My daughter liked talking to Santa.”

Jolly old St. Nick helped light up the tree outside the church along with Councilman Steve Levin (D–Boerum Hill) and gave hugs and candy canes to youngsters, Neinaber said.

Afterwards, his son showed off his moves during a tap dance performance with other squirts from nearby PS 38, that Neinaber said was full of holiday spirit.

“It was very cute, the kids were super enthusiastic and very into it,” he said.

Meanwhile, over at Borough Hall Plaza, Borough President Adams turned on the juice for colorful lights covering a 32-foot tree, which one attendee said had an impressionist quality to it.

“At first it didn’t really appeal to me but as I got further away I thought it looked really nice,” said Downtown resident Wilbert Gibson.

More enjoyable up close were performances by dancers from Brownsville Recreation Center’s Victory Music and Dance program and a choir from Downtown’s St. Joseph’s High School, Gibson said.

“I enjoyed it anyway,” he said. “We enjoyed ourselves.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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old time brooklyn from slope says:
It is Christmas not xmas
Dec. 13, 2016, 4:49 pm

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