Holiday season kicks off in Downtown Brooklyn with Albee Square tree lighting

A freshly-lit Christmas tree shines on Fulton Mall during Downtown Brooklyn’s annual holiday kickoff in Albee Square on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
Photo by Paul Frangipane

It’s a beloved holiday tradition!

Downtown Brooklynites were treated to a dazzling display of holiday cheer on Nov. 18 at the annual holiday season kickoff at Albee Square. 

Downtown Brooklyn boosters lit up a sizable Christmas tree and put on a number of performances for spectators at the pedestrian plaza on Fulton Street.  

The event, hosted by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, saw performances from a hula hooper, stilt walkers, a juggler, and a poi spinner, with the Brooklyn-United Youth Marching Band closing out the evening.

The Brooklyn United youth marching band performs for a crowd at Downtown Brooklyn’s annual holiday kickoff in Albee Square.Photo by Paul Frangipane

The night also featured a lamp dance in observation of Diwali, led by artist Aeilushi Mistry, which featured each participant holding onto two LED lights and dancing in a circle. 

“We’ve been through a lot so you should really feel proud that we are celebrating this moment of togetherness in a very safe way,” Mistry told participants. 

A stilt walker entertains the crowd.Photo by Paul Frangipane

The Albee Square extravaganza marks the kickoff of festive lightings across the borough this holiday season.