Rosslyn Light-Up Ceremony To Be Held Thursday

by ARLnow.com November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm 3,914 15 Comments

Rosslyn will hold its annual holiday light-up night on Thursday. The event will feature speeches, music, free food and drink, and a winter clothing collection drive in front of the WJLA Jumbotron at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and N. Lynn Street.

From a press release:

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), Artisphere and Arlington Cultural Affairs welcome the 2011 holiday season with the 18th Annual LIGHT UP Rosslyn ceremony on Thursday, December 1, from 5:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m. NewsChannel 8 Anchor Morris Jones will host the evening’s outdoor festivities in front of the WJLA Jumbotron, located at 1100 Wilson Blvd. Arlington County Board Chair Christopher Zimmerman will offer remarks and then share the honors with Jones and Rosslyn BID Board President Peter Greenwald as they flip a giant switch to light up the Rosslyn skyline. The musical groups Beltway Brass and Snowday will perform holiday favorites, and Santa Fe Café will offer complimentary hot cocoa and chili.

The rooftops of nearly 40 properties will be illuminated. Rosslyn commercial and residential property owners whose buildings will be part of the 2011 LIGHT UP include, Beacon Capital, Clover Management, The JBG Companies, Key Bridge Marriott, London House, Monday Properties, Normandy House, Paramount Group, Penzance Companies, Tishman Speyer, River Place, Virginian Suites, Vornado, Waterview and Weissberg Corporation.

“It’s great to have so many Rosslyn property owners participating in this festive event,” said Arlington County Board Chair Christopher Zimmerman. “The Rosslyn BID does a wonderful job of kicking-off the holiday season with LIGHT UP Rosslyn while helping individuals in need through the annual clothes drive.”

LIGHT UP Rosslyn also serves as the final collection point for warm winter clothing, which the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) will distribute to clients who need it most. Rosslyn BID Ambassadors will be on hand to receive new or gently used winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, socks and jeans. This year’s winter clothing drive began on November 7, when the Rosslyn BID placed collection bins in offices and residential buildings around Rosslyn.

Photo by Steve Uzzell/Rosslyn BID

  • novasteve

    What holiday are they referring to? Why the secrecy?

    • Josh S

      Normally I also am disgusted at the pointed refusal to say words like “Christmas” out loud. I was especially appalled last week when I was told to have a “Happy Holiday” by an APS employee the day before Thanksgiving. It’s a secular holiday for God’s sake and a quintessentially American one at that. Why can’t we say Happy Thanksgiving?

      In this case, however, I disagree with you. There are plenty of holidays during the winter months that would be prefectly reasonable to celebrate with bright lights in the otherwise long, dark winter nights. Christmas is just one of them.

    • Hattie McDaniel

      What holiday are they referring to?

      The Winter Solstice, of course.

    • drax

      Hanukkah, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Festivus, of course.

      Oh, and one you probably should celebrate, steve: http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-fruit-cake-day

  • Reasonable Taxpayer

    Great way to waste electricity and money at the same time.

    • Steve85

      Omg!! Why r u crying about something like this. U act like you dont waste any of your money

  • JimPB

    During my almost four decades in the DC Metro area, the river frontage has gone from virtually dark to well lit segments along and overlooking the river, making an evening on the river one of interesting, lit views.

  • John Fontain

    Will Arlington County count this extra energy use when measuring the energy use for the “Energy Performance Labels” that it plans to slap on buildings?


    One day the county is touting its focus on using less energy in office buildings, the next day they are planning elaborate parties revolving around wasting electricity. You can’t make this stuff up!!

    • shirley

      do not look behind the curtain.

  • ArlingtonChick

    Stop being such Scrooges. As much as I hate the government wasting taxpayers’ money, using electricity through pretty and tasteful lights during the dark, dreary winter months is totally worth the bright lights in the skyline. It’s pretty. 🙂

    • PikeHoo

      No doubt. The business are all voluntarily participating. Light ’em if you got ’em.

  • Wilbur

    Well since you hate govt spending money on lighting, I vote we turn off the street lights in front of your house or cave…. see how long you enjoy the additional accidents, injuries, and crime.

    Damn govt spending damn money… you know… to make Arlington great… the place where everyone wants to live, the schools are great, and everyone comes here to shop and dine. If only the govt had not gotten in the way with decades of smart growth planning, and great public transportation system, good sidewalks, great public spaces. Govt always getting in the way of business…. you know like all the box stores that exist outside the Arlington border.

    • John Fontain

      I don’t know if your comment was directed at me, but i have absolutely no problem with wasting electricity or lighting up the sky.

      My point, which wasn’t hard to miss, was that there is great irony in a county government that one day is trumpeting efforts to reduce power usage and then shortly thereafter is throwing a celebration of wasting power.

      • Plunkitt of Clarendon Blvd

        Irony is frequently missed by the blind defenders of the powers that be of Arlington.
        Seems to come with the territory………

  • Valerie

    This is not government money being spent, each building owner is paying for the electricity use, and they are almost all LED lights thereby reducing energy costs.

    Some real Scrooges in Arlington. Please don’t show up for the concert or free chili.


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