Hark Slope! Kids sing up a storm at annual tree-lighting

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Park Slopers are really singing this event’s praises!

Residents celebrated the coming holiday season on Fifth Avenue with a tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, and local kids had a blast joining in with all the carols, parents said.

“They love it,” said Park Slope mom Omayra Martinez of her 4-year-old twin daughters. “They like singing along.”

Musical acts included Rolie Polie Guacomlie, who performed songs for kids, 15-year-old “pop opera” singer Sarah Stevens, and carolers from booze-loving belters Opera on Tap.

Patrons at the lighting ceremony, which was produced by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District to promote shopping along the commercial strip that is home to more than 500 small businesses, also enjoyed free treats and hot chocolate from local eateries Du Jour Bakery, the Chocolate Room, and Le Pain Quotidien — just a taste of what the strip has to offer, according to organizer.

“If you believe in supporting small businesses, you should come out to see all Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue has to offer for the holidays,” said executive director Mark Caserta.

Kids were also treated to a puppet show and created their own marionettes at a puppet-making workshop courtesy of the Prospect Park Y.

The Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District will continue offering holiday events every Saturday until Christmas, and Santa will make appearances at Le Pain Quotidien at Carroll Street on Dec. 5, Sidecar between 15th and 16th streets on Dec. 12, and Lulu’s for Baby between Dean and Bergen streets on Dec. 19.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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