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17th Annual Winter's Eve - 7 Days Away!

Get excited for holiday cheer, Winter's Eve is almost here! 

At 5:30pm on Monday, November 28the Upper West Side's only tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park (on Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets) kicks off Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, presented by  Time Warner, Inc.with an exciting countdown for the neighborhood. 

We are pleased to announce that three time Grammy nominee  Bettye LaVette will join us to sing at the Tree Lighting Ceremony and help pay tribute to the late  Sharon Jones who sadly passed away this past Friday after a brave fight against cancer. Bettye is a master song stylist and one of the greatest American soul singers. Bettye, whose career spans over five decades from the birth of soul music in the 60s, recently won Best Soul Blues Female Artist of 2016 at The Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, and her most recent CD, Worthy, garnered her a third Grammy nomination.The countdown will be televised live on WABC-TV with Amy Freeze and hosted by  Justin Guarini from Broadway's  In Transit The Musical. Plus, members of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus will also join in on the ceremony!

And, of course one of the stars of the show is the Lincoln Square Holiday Tree. This year's 27ft Concolor Fir comes from  Domes Tree Farm located in Bliss, New York in partnership with  I Love NY. The tree was installed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and will illuminate both Winter's Eve and the holiday season with lights donated by  Lowe's Home Improvement and old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments made by Wendy Addison and  Tinsel Trading.

Afterwards, this wonderful celebration continues all evening from Time Warner Center up to 68th Street along Broadway, with tons of free live music and dance, delicious food tastings at nominal cost, and exciting family activities and entertainment. 

Visit for an up-to-date listings of performances and activities for the evening, including local up-and-coming musicians, kid-friendly crafts and shows, multicultural dance, and business participation. And, you can like Winter's Eve on social media for updates too! Winter's Eve is on Twitter  and Facebook

Bring the whole family and  join us for New York's Largest Holiday Festival!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors.
Food Tastings: Presented by Glenwood

Treat yourself, your friends, and your family to tasty dishes, savory soups, hot drinks, delectable desserts and all around great food as you stroll through the festival enjoying the excitement. Beginning at 5:30pm, until 8:30pm, Winter's Eve will feature everyone's favorite  food tastings from over 30 of the neighborhood's premier restaurants and eateries

The following restaurants and eateries will offer tastings for nominal cost ($1-$4) under canopies at three locations: 

  • Asiate
  • Bar Masa
  • Bouchon Bakery
  • Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
  • Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant 
  • landmarc
  • Porter House Bar and Grill
  • Sapphire Indian Cuisine
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Atlantic Grill
  • Bar Boulud
  • BONMi
  • Boulud Sud
  • Breads Bakery
  • Cafe Fiorello 
  • Ed's Chowder House
  • Grandaisy Bakery
  • Lincoln Center Kitchen
  • Magnolia Bakery
  • P.J. Clarke's
  • Rosa Mexicano
  • Starbucks
  • The Empire Rooftop 
  • The Smith
  • Francesco's Pizzeria
  • Gourmet Garage
  • Indie Food & Wine
  • Nanoosh
  • Nick & Toni's Cafe
  • Le Pain Quotidien
  • La Boite en Bois
  • Luce Restaurant & Enoteca
  • Sugar Factory American Brasserie
  • Tavern on the Green
This past Wednesday we had a very productive meeting with many representatives from participating restaurants all eager to prepare for Winter's Eve's fabulous food tastings. So between now and November 28, build up your appetite for some amazing treats, sweets, and good eats. Menus for participating restaurants can be found by clicking here

The Outdoor Food Tastings are presented by  Glenwood.
Top Talent at Winter's Eve Venues

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square is bursting with top talent and live entertainment at more than 20 venues across the neighborhood. There are simply too many performers to list them all, but you can see the entire schedule of artists, musicians, dancers, and entertainers on

A staple at the legendary Bemelmans Bar at the prestigious Carlyle Hotel, Loston Harris is bringing classic Jazz to the American Folk Art Museum located on Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets. He will be performing as part of a trio with sets at 6:45pm and 7:45pm and with an introduction to the first set by Bill Ritter of WABC-TV. 

At the Dante Park Main Stage at Broadway and 63rd Street, Alicia Svigals, the world's leading klezmer fiddler, is back by popular demand. The violinist, vocalist and composer takes the stage with her band, Klezmer Fiddle Express at 6:15pm. And, at 8:00pm, Ikebe Shakedown, a seven-piece band with a mighty horn section anchored by tight, deep-pocketed groove, will close out the night.

And, not only will there be fantastic food at Richard Tucker Park, but you can enjoy some groovy tunes too. CHIA's Dance Party brings infectious dance grooves inspired by Colombian marching "brass bands" at 6:00pm and 7:30pm. And Martin Vejarano's brand new project Cumbia River Band will draw from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards and originals with sets at 6:45pm and 8:15pm.

Inside of neighborhood businesses and local spots, there is also a ton of entertainment to enjoy. At the David Rubenstein Atrium, on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets,  People's Champs  will engage audiences with unique music that combines hot dance rhythms with retro-futurist synth tones and originality at 7:00pm. Also at 7:00pm, Erin and Her Cello will charm attendees offering a quirky, vivacious, and at times humorous, music set inside of the Apple Store, Upper West Side at 1981 Broadway. In the upper concourse of Bed Bath & Beyond at 1932 Broadway, Yaz Band will return to Winter's Eve at 6:00pm with energetic brass music. Plus, among the many great acts, crafts, and offerings inside of The Shops at Columbus Circle, Jazz at Lincoln Center will bring Jazzmeia Horn to the second floor stage at 7:45pm for a soulful and inspiring performance. 

There are performers on stages, in stores, and on the street all across the neighborhood. So be sure to check to see them all. 
Non-Stop Action at the TD Bank Dance Tent

Big band brass and fresh beats will keep the Winter's Eve party going at the TD Bank Dance Tent, sponsored by TD Bank, located at Broadway and 61st Street.

Don't be fashionably late because DJ Aiden Jude, a world class DJ and a student at Professional Children's School, will get the dance floor going at 5:30pm. Plus, there will be a special performance from Jr. Exile, a dance/hip-hop group of young men from Japan, also studying at the Professional Children's School, at 6:15pm.

Steven Bernstein's Universal Melody Brass Band will headline the Dance Tent with two sets at 6:45pm and 8:00pm. This all-star group features long time musical cohorts all lead by the multi-talented Steven Bernstein. The band is set to rock the TD Bank Dance Tent with a special song list designed specifically for Winter's Eve.

And, there is never a lull in the excitement because DJ MICK, a Brooklyn-based artist who has spun at events for some of the world's most prominent celebrities, brands, and organizations, will keep the beats flowing in between Bernstein's sets. You might even wear-out your dancing shoes!
Raymour & Flanigan is KIDS' CENTRAL
At Raymour & Flanigan, 1961 Broadway at 66th Street, Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could will excite and entertain young audiences with energizing accordion-laced pop and rock music beginning at 6:30pm, with a second set at 7:30pm. 

Plus, also at Kids' Central, Winter's Eve neighborhood partners Lowe's Home Improvement,  the West Side YMCA, New Victory Theater, NY Family, and the American Folk Art Museum will be offering family fun with various   kid-centric activities  and giveaways  throughout the evening. Plus, Magnolia Bakery will bring sweet treats for kiddies to enjoy in between activities. 

And, in addition to Kids' Central, Time Warner Center will host performances by Jack Frost: the Original Freezemeister and card-making with DOROT, PBS Characters Bob the Builder and Daniel Tiger will meet and greet kiddies in front of the Tisch WNET studios, The Film Society of Lincoln Center is offering free screenings of the popular holiday movie, Elf, and much more, including strolling circus performers out on the streets. 

There will be tons of kid-friendly fun happening during the night of Winter's Eve. Click here to see all of the "For Kids" entertainment and activity Winter's Eve has to offer. 
Winter's Eve Business Participation & More Fun
In addition to all of the aforementioned entertainment venues and activities, many  businesses and organizations in the area will be participating in Winter's Eve, offering great holiday cheer to attendees and customers. 

Stores such as  Lowe's Home Improvement, Innovation Luggage, and  Kiehl's Since 1851  will host live music entertainment in-store, while stores such as the  Juilliard Store will offer discounts and light refreshments in-store throughout the evening. Also, the American Folk Art Museum and the  Museum of Arts and Design  will be open during the event--American Folk Art Museum offers free admission while MAD Museum is offering pay as you wish admission that night--with both offering gift shop discounts. And of course, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center will be bustling with live music ,   Broadway performances , and  activities, with in-store  discounts, treats, and giveaways at various shops as well as food  tasting tents and  ice sculpting   out front. 

Check out our  Cheer section to see all of this year's participants. You definitely won't want to miss all of the goodies, deals, and fun.
Work Behind the Scenes on the Night of Winter's Eve
Lincoln Square's favorite holiday tradition, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, will fill our neighborhood with music, food, and fun for everyone. But YOU could play the most valuable roll of all. The Lincoln Square BID's small staff relies on a team of hard working volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you are interested in lending a hand behind the scenes as a production assistant, helping other attendees find their way around, or collecting some information about people who attend the event click here.

All volunteers will receive a boxed meal and a special Winter's Eve hat. 
Support the New York Cares Coat Drive
Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square is a free event, but all attendees are encouraged to give back by bringing a gently used or new coat and donating it to the New York Cares Coat Drive, the official charitable partner of Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square.

On the evening of Winter's Eve, New York Cares will be onsite at Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street) collecting coats. Also, many of our Winter's Eve Outdoor Food Tasting participants will donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to New York Cares. Plus, many of the cheerful volunteers you see out on the street on Winter's Eve are being provided by New York Cares.

Learn more about the New York Cares and the coat drive here: And, remember to donate your coat on Winter's Eve!

Community Advisory: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 24. The parade route will pass through Lincoln Square on Central Park West and proceed into Midtown Manhattan on Sixth Avenue from 59th Street to 34th Street. Closures and traffic interruptions are happening now. The City of New York has released a list of street closures and traffic restrictions available here.

Happy Thanksgiving & See You at Winter's Eve!
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