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Deck the mall with lights all jolly

‘Tis the season: Amy Cramer and her son Aiden attended the annual flip of the switch at Albee Square to get into the holiday spirit.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

The holidays have hit Fulton Mall.

Staffers from the pro-business Downtown Brooklyn Partnership lit up the neighborhood’s illuminated holiday display on Nov. 20. The installation includes more than 260,000 bulbs, a 30-foot Christmas tree, and a smaller, but still substantial menorah. Downtown resident Amy Cramer said the decorations are a perfect way to herald the fun to come.

“The neighborhood really comes alive when they turn the lights on,” she said. “It gets us in the mood for the holidays.”

Cramer came down to Albee Square with her four-year-old son Aiden for the occasion. It was their second holiday lighting Downtown, and it likely will not be their last, Cramer said.

“It’s something we look forward to,” she said.

Star power: Albee Square’s 30-foot Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the seasonal decoration on and around Fulton Mall.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

The lights run overhead on Fulton and Livingston Streets, and there are include large, lit-up cubes along Flatbush Avenue. In all, the Partnership says the display uses 90 miles of lights.

The ceremony also featured hot chocolate from Junior’s Restaurant and a performance from a steel-drum band.

Cramer said the festivities help make Downtown feel more like home.

“We appreciate that they do this,” she said. “It creates a sense of community.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at mperl‌man@c‌ngloc‌al.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Staying warm: Keshaun Lewis of Crown Heights keeps warm with some hot chocolate.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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