|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 28
the 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
will join us to sing at the Tree Lighting Ceremony and help pay tribute to the late
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,
, garnered her a third Grammy nomination.The countdown will be televised live on
WABC-TV with Amy Freeze
and hosted by
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
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 winterseve.nyc 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
Bring the whole family and
join us for New York's Largest Holiday Festival!
Food Tastings: Presented by Glenwood
The following restaurants and eateries will offer tastings for nominal cost ($1-$4) under canopies at three locations:
- Bar Masa
- Bouchon Bakery
- Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
- Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant
- Porter House Bar and Grill
- Sapphire Indian Cuisine
- Whole Foods Market
- Atlantic Grill
- Bar Boulud
- Boulud Sud
- Breads Bakery
- Cafe Fiorello
- Ed's Chowder House
- Grandaisy Bakery
- Lincoln Center Kitchen
- Magnolia Bakery
- P.J. Clarke's
- Rosa Mexicano
- The Empire Rooftop
- The Smith
- Francesco's Pizzeria
- Gourmet Garage
- Indie Food & Wine
- 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
The Outdoor Food Tastings are presented by
|Top Talent at Winter's Eve Venues
A staple at the legendary Bemelmans Bar at the prestigious Carlyle Hotel,
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,
, 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,
, 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,
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
, 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
, 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
, 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
throughout the evening. Plus, Magnolia Bakery will bring sweet treats for kiddies to enjoy in between activities.
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
Stores such as
Lowe's Home Improvement
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
activities, with in-store
discounts, treats, and giveaways at various shops as well as food
tasting tents and
Check out our
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
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
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