New Haven tree lighting marks the start of the holiday season for Elm City


The magic of the holiday season coming to life in an instant on the New Haven Green.

“Well the kids love it. They love coming every year and we come every year.” 

Babies – bundled in bassinets as wide-eyed kids danced to holiday carolers. A line as far as the eye could see of kids waiting to tell Santa what’s on their list..

“She’s like ‘I just got to see Santa mom’. I’m like ‘you’re going to get to see Santa baby.'”

The ferris wheel – one of the most popular attractions on the green. 

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“My four year old is out here – she’s happy. I’m a little scared for her getting on that ferris wheel.”

But the most anticipated moment, seeing the lights go on with the Christmas tree and the kids just having fun.

Moms, dads and grandparents braving the cold to see the joy through the eyes of their little ones.

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