The Mom here! Almost time for Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York’s largest holiday festival produced by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District – and here’s the fantastic family-friendly lineup of children’s entertainment and activities for its 19th annual event. The holiday celebration is set for Monday, November 26 from 5:30PM – 9:00PM and is free to attend and open to all! So much to do with the kids…
Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie family will headline the Upper West Side’s only holiday tree lighting ceremony and perform folk favorites and a variety of holiday classics, joined by the internationally and highly acclaimed Young People’s Chorus of New York City, at the Dante Park Main Stage (Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets). In Winter’s Eve tradition, the ceremony will kick off the festival. Judy Collins will serve as Master of Ceremonies and join WABC-TV to light up the Upper West Side live on Channel 7.
After Guthrie and Collins dazzle audiences for the tree lighting ceremony, parents can take their kids to enjoy a number of musicians, buskers, and holiday activities. Here’s where to find the exciting kid-friendly entertainment at New York City’s most anticipated holiday festival.
Winter’s Eve’s Kids Central – Raymour & Flanigan (1961 Broadway at 66th Street – Second Floor)
- Headlining Kids Central this year is Mister G – the Latin GRAMMY Award winning musician who tours the world performing original, multicultural music for children and families.
- Arts & Crafts – There will be coloring and arts and crafts provided by The New Victory Theater, The West Side Y and Help Me See.
- There will also be face painting all evening for children at additional tables.
- Complimentary sweet treats from Magnolia Bakery will be available at Kids Central (while they last).
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Cir, Second Floor)
- JACK FROST: The Original Freezemeister is live on stage at 6:00PM, bringing a snowstorm of comedy and skills from “The World’s Fastest Holiday Medley” to an enchanting game of “Freeze”. The frozen follies don’t stop there – there’s music, magic, audience participation, and circus skills.
- Kids can create holiday cards from DOROT.
- Holiday classics will be performed by Winter’s Eve favorite, the LaGuardia High School Show Choir.
- Incredible ice sculpting by Okamoto Ice Studio will be featured in front of Time Warner Center, as well as on the East side of Columbus Avenue and 66th Street.
Tisch WNET Studios Open House (Broadway and 66th Street)
- Visit the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center for fun for the whole family and the chance to take your photo with one of your favorite friends from Sesame Street!
Film Society of Lincoln Center (Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
- Free screenings of John Hancock’s 1989 film, Prancer at 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
- Complimentary popcorn will be offered to all attendees.
Frey Plaza (between 60th Street and 61st Street ) & (Calabrese and Keegan Plaza, Beneath the Globe at 60th Street)
- High-energy multicultural dance troupes will perform in partnership with Dance Parade.
- Columbia University Lion Dance will perform Kung Fu-based dance forms all night long.
TD Ameritrade (1881 Broadway at 62nd Street)
- West Side Y Kids Company will transform the lobby and sidewalk into a musical theater with a special performance. The West Side Y Kids Company, provides young people, ages 6-14, of all backgrounds and levels the opportunity to work with acting, dance, and musical theater professionals to develop skills in singing, acting, and dance.
TD Bank (1873 Broadway at 62nd Street)
- Children and their parents can get creative as they customize their very own holiday crafts at the TD Decorating Station. The craft activity is always a popular Winter’s Eve tradition.
TD Bank Broadway (1995 Broadway 68th Street)
- Student’s from the Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, the only K-12 public school for musically gifted children, will present a variety of instrumental combinations and musical styles in the festive foyer of the bank.
The Church of St Paul the Apostle (Columbus Avenue and 60th Street)
- Throughout the evening, The Church of St. Paul the Apostle will be hosting cookie decorating and giving out complimentary hot chocolate.
- Classic holiday film, The Little Drummer Boy, will be screened from 6:30PM to 7:00PM.
- At 7PM, St. Nicholas arrives for a meet and greet with children and their families.
Throughout the Neighborhood
Winter’s Eve continues with more than 20 free, world-class musical performances, processional groups, dancing, strolling circus performers, face-painting, digital caricatures from Drawn Together, stilt-walkers and other street festivities that will line Broadway and fill the shops of this dynamic, cultural neighborhood from Time Warner Center to 70th. In addition to children’s performances and live entertainment, there will be Food Tastings from more than 30 local eateries for foodies. For more information, visit www.winterseve.nyc
See you at Winter’s Eve!