14th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square Set for 12/2
Children of all ages are invited to the 14th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square - New York City's largest outdoor holiday festival hosted by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID). Theevening of family fun will kick off with a performance by Tony Award Winning, renowned Broadway star, Brian Stokes Mitchell accompanied by Rosie's Theater Kids, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All Stars, Bond Street Theatre's Shinbone Alley Stilt Walking Band, and WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa at the Upper West Side neighborhood's holiday tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:30pm at the main stage in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street. This year's 35 foot Norway Spruce and festive lights have been generously donated by local restaurateur PJ Clarke's. The Winter's Eve festival is free, open to the public and will take place on Monday, December 2nd from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street with activities for the whole family.
Winter's Eve's Kids' Central will be located at the American Bible Society (Broadway & 61st Street) and will feature three free musical and dance performances by GRAMMY nominated Brooklyn-based children's band The Pop Ups who will be rocking Kids' Central with their colorful cast of original puppets. Activities at Kids' Central include face painting and temporary tattoos hosted by the West Side YMCA, a holiday card workshop with New York Society for Ethical Culture, Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (while they last!), and Voice Painter, which allows young people to create amazing paintings with their voices just by talking, singing or making funny noise into a microphone.
"Winter's Eve is a magical night for children and their families - as Broadway (from Time Warner Center to 68th Street) transforms into a glittering winter wonderland of lights, parading street performers, marching bands, dancers and puppeteers, ice sculptures, and tasty treats," said Monica Blum, President of the Lincoln Square BID. "It has become a holiday tradition for our neighborhood and a favorite event for multi-generational families, including grandparents and their grandkids to enjoy. We encourage locals, commuters and tourists to join in on the fun. Winter's Eve is one of New York City's iconic public holiday events."
Additional family entertainment for the evening includes Jack Frost presented by Big Apple Circus live on stage at Time Warner Center performing sing-a-longs, juggling acts and many other interactive games, and incredible ice sculpting outside Time Warner Center and on Columbus Avenue between 65th & 66th Streets by Okamoto Ice Studio. Dance to the sounds of the XYLOPHOLKS, a dynamic group of musicians who mostly play novelty ragtime music from the 1920's while wearing furry animal costumes located at 62nd & Broadway; and right next door at TD Bank little ones can enjoy craft making. Step out, warm up, and dance till you drop at the Winter's Eve TD Bank Dance Party on Broadway and 61st Street with Renowned DJ David Chang, Arthur Murray Dancers and energizer, dancer leader Bryant "Drew" Andrews.
Meet PBS Kids/THIRTEEN characters Curious George and Daniel Tiger outside the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center - Broadway and 66th Street. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present three free screenings of Miracle on 34th Street - afamily favorite and holiday classic returning to the big screen exclusively on Winter's Eve! Whether you watch it every year or want to enjoy it for the first time, the Academy Award-winning Miracle on 34th Street is a must-see for all ages. Join the Film Society for this beloved classic and enjoy delicious popcorn from indie food and wine free of charge! The screenings will take place at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam at 3:30pm, 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Doors open 15 minutes before each performance.
And, that's not all! There are many other activities and visual sights throughout the neighborhood, including a chance to visit with SantaClaus, street theater and marching bands.
Treat yourself and your family and friends to tasty dishes, hot soups, hot drinks, delectable desserts and great food to warm your spirits from some of Lincoln Square's finest restaurants and eateries (for nominal cost, $1-$4)!
Admission to Winter's Eve is free, but event attendees are encouraged to bring and donate gently used or new coats of all sizes to Dante Park at 63rd Street and Broadway as part of the 25th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive.
The Parks Department will run a free trolley up and down Broadway during the event. Winter's Eve will take place rain, snow or shine.
SPONSORS -- Winter's Eve official sponsors include: presenting sponsor Time Warner as well as The Shops at Columbus Circle and Related Companies; Con Edison; Glenwood Management; Ogden CAP Properties LLC; American Bible Society; Fordham University; Millennium Partners; TD Bank; PJ Clarke's; Trump International Hotel & Tower; Roosevelt Hospital; Mandarin Oriental New York; Century 21 Department Stores; New York Institute of Technology; Fidelity; Atlantic Grill; Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center; The Smith; The Dinex Group; Bonafide Estates, Inc.; Fifteen Central Park West; Titan; Gracious Home; The Empire Hotel; media sponsors include WABC-TV; WNET; WBGO; and IN New York and Where magazines.