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Annual Sunnyside Holiday Lighting Ceremony Takes Place Tonight

Photo: Nathaly Pesantez

Nov. 20, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Sunnyside will celebrate the newly-installed holiday lights around the neighborhood in a ceremony set to take place tonight.

The annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, organized by Sunnyside Shines, will take place on the north side of 40th Street and Queens Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event celebrates the holiday-themed fixtures recently installed within the Sunnyside Business Improvement District (BID). The lights, blue and white, appear along on Greenpoint Avenue east of 42nd Street, and go through the length of Queens Boulevard from about 38th Street to 50th Street.

As in other years, “Welcome to Sunnyside” fixtures are also installed at the limits of the BID.

The evening event features live music and dance performances, with free hot chocolate and cake to go around. Santa will also pay a visit during the festivities.

The holiday lighting ceremony comes as the lights on the Sunnyside Arch, often lit to match events and other festivities, have been out for several months after being replaced just this year.

Sunnyside Shines, which help maintains the arch, said it is in the process of getting a contractor to fix the lights, and hopes they can be repaired to shine during the holiday season.

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XXXL

I read some of the comments on here from time to time, truly sad so many miserable people out there. Always crying , bitching, complaining! I think the lights are great, haven’t seen in any other neighborhood..Good Job!

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Ruben

So it’s not enough that the two restaurants on this block are so peppered with people that residents can’t even walk on the sidewalk but now we’re closing down side streets? Isn’t the spot under the train for this kinda stuff? I’m just confused at the lack of consideration for the cars that have to reverse their way out of their spots. what if a resident had an emergency? Ambulance has to navigate it’s way back to a very TIGHT 43rd ave? but hey…hot coco for the kids mmrite?

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The Sunnyside Guru

The lights that were installed in Sunnyside this year has DEFINITELY put me in the HANAKKAH spirit…..

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George Kelly

This just in:From the Kelly/Gannett News Desk………Donald Trump ordered the lights be turned on Tonite,futhermore,he states,”I WANT ALL TO BE NICE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON,ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE HIPSTERS THST VOTED FOR OCASIO-CORTEZ,IMMEDIATELY SET FORTH AND ALL JOIN IN HAND AND HAND TO TURN ON THIS LIGHT SWITCH AND MAKE THESE BLUE LIGHTS SHIMMER FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.. ….Fake News I say,KING CUOMO ACTUALLY SAID TURN ON THE LIGHTS,YA SEE THE COLOR,THEY ARE BLUE…YEA…YEA…YEA..LETS ALL PLAY NICE…HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL,AND A HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALSO..GOD BLESS ALL OF US….TX

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Sleepless on the Southside

Wait I’m confused- how come no one has commented something about hipsters or lack of parking or how much they dislike JVB yet? Could it be??? These lights will bring us together!!?!?

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