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10th annual Hope Tree lighting ceremony held in South Jamaica, Queens

NEW YORK — The vacation season is in full swing, and communities throughout our space are lighting up their very own Christmas timber.

In South Jamaica, Queens, a Hope Tree is now shining shiny over households who sit up for it each year.

The Christmas tree was lit Friday evening, the kickoff to the vacation season for households in the neighborhood.

“Rockefeller Center’s a little far, so this is actually perfect for the tree lighting,” Queens resident David Haynie instructed CBS2’s Jennifer Bisram.

Before the lighting, households loved the retailers, meals, video games and toys on the Winter Village.

For Hope NYC, it is now a 10-year custom with a particular that means.

“This tree back here is our Hope Tree. The first year of our Hope Tree was in the year Hurricane Sandy hit New York, and our neighborhood was so badly affected that we thought we needed to get a tree that they could see from anywhere around here. So we had to get a tree that was taller than 20 feet,” Pastor Sharon Ramkhelawan stated.

This year’s tree is 35 ft tall and has over 10,000 colourful bulbs — image excellent for households to get their vacation pictures.

“Part of our vision here is to make sure that the families in Queens know that there’s always going to be somebody looking out for them,” Ramkhelawan stated.

With Christmas simply weeks away, children instructed us why they love this season a lot.

“I like getting the presents and I like seeing all the lights,” one child stated.

“The presents,” one other baby stated.

“Presents,” one other child stated.

“My favorite thing about Christmas is the presents you get,” one other baby stated.

The Haynie household says they love the enjoyment the vacations convey.

The vacation enjoyable continues this weekend in Queens. Santa shall be on the Hope Winter Village on Saturday to present out presents to children in the neighborhood, and a parade shall be held alongside Rockaway Avenue on Sunday.

For extra info on hours and actions on the Hope Holiday Winter Village, go to

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