To Do Sunday: Park Avenue Pines

One of New York’s most welcome and low-key holiday traditions arrives today with the 68th annual lighting of Park Avenue’s fir trees, a tradition that began just after World War II. Not for Upper East Siders the hullaballoo of the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting, with its celebrities and vertiginous height; the manageably petite Park Avenue firs are illuminated following a brief and somewhat subdued ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church on 91st Street. It’s all very tasteful—would you expect any less, given the neighborhood?—but still will warm the spirits of passersby throughout the season.

Pre-tree-lighting ceremony outside Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 East 92nd Street, 6:30pm, free and open to the public, donations may be made at