VIDEO: Our Lady of Guadalupe’s tree twinkles again after in-person ‘Light Up the Night’

(WSB photos and video)

At ~520 feet, the big evergreen outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and School at 35th/Myrtle is the city’s highest-elevation Christmas tree this time of year. Last year, the annual lighting celebration was held online, after which the tree lights stayed on for months, not weeks, as a beacon of hope. Tonight, OLG returned to the in-person format, featuring emcee Brian Callanan, OLG pastor Father Kevin Duggan, singers The Starry Crowns and the OLG Children’s Chorus. Our video caught most of the singing and speaking before OLG student-body president Kingsley did the honors of flipping the switch:

In a nod to pandemic precautions, this was an entirely outdoor event – rather than opening the nearby Walmesley Center, they served cocoa and cookies outside, and collected food donations for St. Vincent de Paul on a table rather than in a sleigh in the center lobby.

Good turnout on a chilly but dry night:

P.S. The Starry Crowns have a Christmas concert later this month at OLG – 7 pm December 16th, in-person and streamed (that’ll be here).

10 Replies to "VIDEO: Our Lady of Guadalupe's tree twinkles again after in-person 'Light Up the Night'"

  • WSM December 4, 2021 (8:43 am)

    Wonderful!  This is one of my very favorite things about Christmas in WS! 

  • WS Landscaper December 4, 2021 (9:48 am)

     Pretty sure that tree is not ~520’tall…..that’s most likely the elevation at OLG. Wording and punctuation is everything in a story….

    • Auntie December 4, 2021 (10:36 am)

      The wording is correct. “highest-elevation Christmas tree” is what it says – not “tallest Christmas tree.” 

      • WSB December 4, 2021 (10:45 am)

        Thanks, you beat me to that. If I had used the word “height,” that would have been a reference to the tree itself. “Elevation” is a reference to its site. I could also have used “altitude,” but that always rings truer to me when writing/speaking about the mountains, in the thousands of feet rather than down here in the hundreds – TR

        • Auntie December 4, 2021 (10:57 am)

          Your grammatical skills are par excellence. Perhaps WSLandscaper’s reading/comprehension skills just aren’t up to par. ;-P

          • WSB December 4, 2021 (12:40 pm)

            Thanks. I do appreciate the tips when I make the occasional glaring mistake – like earlier this week when I had the wrong day in the morning traffic headline; someone spotted it within minutes of publication and texted, so we were able to fix it quickly – TR

    • miws December 4, 2021 (11:23 am)

      Being sure one is correct with their “correction” is everything when snarking on an editor with decades of professional journalistic experience… —Mike

  • Sara December 5, 2021 (10:30 pm)

    Lovely! Second place (in terms of elevation) may go to the lights at the top of three trees on the corner of 32nd and Othello! Our neighbor climbs up to the top of those trees and puts/maintains lights at the top of each of those trees! And he has done it for THIRTY years! He deserves some fame, too! :) 

    • WSB December 6, 2021 (1:27 am)

      We’re spotlighting those tomorrow night.

    • sam-c December 6, 2021 (8:30 am)

      I love those trees at 32nd and Othello.  I’ve always wondered how those lights are maintained/ lit every year.  Amazing!! They bring me joy.  

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