Enjoy Winter’s Eve – New York’s Largest Holiday Festival!

Enjoy Winter’s Eve – New York’s Largest Holiday Festival!

Be part of the crowd at Winter's Eve (©Filip Wolak)

Stop by Lincoln Square tonight for the 17th Annual Winter’s Eve celebration! New York’s largest holiday festival is back with free entertainment and live music, tasty dishes from local restaurants and family-friendly activities for kids of all ages.

Festivities kick off with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park (Broadway & W. 63rd St.), headlined by American funk and soul singer, Sharon Jones. The lighting ceremony will be hosted by one of the stars of the new Broadway musical, “In Transit,” Justin Guarini.

The holiday fun takes place from the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle all the way up to W. 68th St. Live entertainment includes Brooklyn based band Ikebe Shakedown (8 pm, Dante Park Main Stage), the Loston Harris Trio (6:45 & 7:45 pm at the American Folk Art Museum on Columbus Ave., btw W. 65th & w. 66th sts.), Broadway Under the Stars (“The Great Comet” at 5 pm & “Chicago” at 5:30 at the Time Warner Center, 2nd Floor) the ASCAP Holiday Chorus (6 pm at 1900 Broadway) and many, many more. The full schedule of performers can be viewed here.

Enjoy food from over two dozen of the area’s best restaurants for just $1-$4! Outdoor Food Tastings will be held at Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle), Lincoln Square Restaurant Row (Broadway, btw W. 6nd & W. 64th sts.) and Richard Tucker Park (Broadway, btw W. 65 & W. 66th sts.).

Time Warner Center offerings include Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (gumbo with rice and cornbread, $4; warm spiced apple cider, $3), Porter House Bar and Grill (chili con carne, $4) and Whole Foods Market (tastings from the meatball shop).

Lincoln Square Restaurant Row offerings include Atlantic Grill (lobster and shrimp bisque, $4), Cafe Fiorello (pasta e fagioli, $3; chocolate mousse, $3) and Magnolia Bakery (banana pudding, $3; mini cupcakes, $2).

Richard Tucker Park offerings include Gourmet Garage (tomato bisque, $4), Nick & Toni’s Cafe (Berkshire pork pagu with Anson Mills creamy polenta, $4) and Sugar Factory (mac & cheese pops, $4; s’mores hot chocolate, $4; candy filled Chinese boxes, $4). 

Kids can enjoy making crafts all evening at Kids’ Central at Raymour & Flanigan (1961 Broadway, at W. 66th St.). They can also meet their favorite PBS characters and tour the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center (W. 66th St., at Broadway). The Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen “Elf” at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm (Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, at 144 W. 65th St.). There will be ice sculpting by Okamoto Studio all night long at the Time Warner Center and 125 Columbus Ave. Additional activities can be found here

Participating shops and stores in Lincoln Square will also be offering some sweet savings and specials during Winter’s Eve. Click here to see where you can score some great deals—perfect to use on your holiday shopping! 

Hosted by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, Winter’s Ever 2016 will take place Monday, November 28, from 5:30 ­– 9 pm.

Tree lighting at the 2015 Winter's Eve celebration (©Albert Gersh)

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