Holidays in Lincoln Square!

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The holidays are here and the Lincoln Square BID is celebrating the neighborhood's comeback with the return of our holiday tree and a month-long series of smaller pop-up, family-friendly performances. We've also highlighted special holiday deals and activities around the neighborhood this month. Don't miss Lincoln Square's lights, delights, and more throughout December! 


Lincoln Square's Holiday Tree & Tumbling Brights
December 2021-January 2022

This year, we decided to bring a Holiday Tree back to Dante Park between Broadway and Columbus Avenue at 63rd and 64th Streets. The tree, a 30’ Concolor fir from Bliss, NY was installed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and features a combination of traditional ornaments and unique ornaments from Color Me Mine--our local pottery studio--New York City Ballet, and The American Folk Art Museum. We have also expanded our holiday lighting installation, Tumbling Brights, illuminating the Broadway Mall interiors from 60th Street to 70th Street. Visit Lincoln Square through January 2022 to enjoy this whimsical holiday lighting program, along with our holiday tree.

We lit the Lincoln Square Holiday Tree on Monday, December 6, 2021 at approximately 5:00pm with a small ceremony featuring Frank London and the Klezmer Brass Allstars. Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars have been together over 15 years, recorded 4 CDs, and toured the world. Exuberant, energetic, and always effusive, the band will play a mix of holiday street music — Hanukkah and Christmas songs mixed with New Orleans Jazz and endless fun.

Tanya Turgeon and her team of merry performers at the Department of Spectacle joined us at the tree lighting ceremony, delivering the gift of smiles to audiences of all ages with juggling, cheer, and interactive comedy. 

Click here to read a press release about the Holiday Tree and Programming!

Holiday Tree and Ornament Close UpTumbling BrightsFrank London's Brass All-StarsDept of Spectacle


Holiday Delights: Free Pop-up Performances
Wednesdays, December 8 - 29

Enjoy free pop-up performances at our holiday tree in Dante Park (Broadway at West 64th Street) on Wednesdays in December. We're welcoming back some Lincoln Square favorites from past Winter's Eve celebrations and will have some exciting new entertainment. We are bringing cheer and fun to the neighborhood for the holidays all month long! 


Wednesday, December 8

Frank London and the Klezmer Brass Allstars
11:30am – 1:30pm

Frank London

The Allstars return for another performance bringing the original styles of klezmorim back to the Upper West Side. Brought together by Frank London, the group of musicians met at New York City's Knitting Factory bar to combine their knowledge, history and talents. They threw back several cocktails in memory of the old traditions and uncovered secrets and tales of the incredible lost sounds, creating Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars.

Mariachi Nuevo Mexico
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Mariachi Nuevo Mexico

A Winter's Eve favorite, get your mariachi fix with these talented musicians right here in Lincoln Square. 


Wednesday, December 15

Michela Marino Lerman 
Tap Artist
11:30am – 1:30pm

Michela Marino Lerman
Michela Marino Lerman by Martina DaSilva

Michela Marino Lerman is an internationally acclaimed tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator, and bandleader. HuffPo calls her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the New York Times declares her a “prodigy” and describes her dancing as “flashes of brilliance.” She is a proud student of Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers, and Marion Coles.

In 2017 Lerman conceived, co-created, choreographed, and starred in “This Joint is Jumpin’”, and is Associate Producer of the new documentary “American Tap,” an intimate look at tap dance’s roots in American cultural history. Lerman is also a member of the band Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, performing and touring regularly, in addition to performing with an impressive list of music and dance icons, among them Wynton Marsalis, Savion Glover, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Roy Hargrove, Anna Deavere Smith, Benny Golson, Barry Harris, and Marcus Roberts. 

With a teaching career that was sparked by a master class she gave at age 15, Lerman has since taught in more than 15 countries, 30 tap and dance festivals, and numerous universities including Yale and Tulane. Sharing the rich history of tap dance through education is deeply rooted in all her work.

*CANCELED* Alice Farley Dance Theater
presents Conversations with Monsters (I am the other you)
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Alice Farley Dance Theater Canceled
Alice Farley Dance Theater from a past Winter's Eve performance 

"To celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice, the return of the sun and change of season, a new kind of outsider show. Not a traditional street act, a transformation of Dante Park. Choreographed and Costumed by Alice Farley, this impromptu performance appears out of nowhere, calls people together and carries the city audience along a story of a different world than the Nutcracker.  With music from Burkina Faso, Peru, Yemen, Venezuela and elsewhere, Conversations with Monsters evolved from a show created for The Bronx Museum of the Arts Co-Lab in 2019, supported by Jim Henson Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. It continues a 40 year history of site specific Theater productions created by Farley and her company.

With Dancers from circus, puppetry, ballet, commedia and street traditions, Alice Farley continues explorations of surrealist theater into the life of the street. Her work from the 70’s appears now in the Surrealism Beyond Borders  show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Come see the other side of the street."


Monday, December 20

RESCHEDULED: Alice Farley Dance Theater
presents Conversations with Monsters (I am the other you)
5:00pm – 7:00pm


Alice Farley Dance Theater from a past Winter's Eve performance

"To celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice, the return of the sun and change of season, a new kind of outsider show. Not a traditional street act, a transformation of Dante Park. Choreographed and Costumed by Alice Farley, this impromptu performance appears out of nowhere, calls people together and carries the city audience along a story of a different world than the Nutcracker.  With music from Burkina Faso, Peru, Yemen, Venezuela and elsewhere, Conversations with Monsters evolved from a show created for The Bronx Museum of the Arts Co-Lab in 2019, supported by Jim Henson Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. It continues a 40 year history of site specific Theater productions created by Farley and her company.

With Dancers from circus, puppetry, ballet, commedia and street traditions, Alice Farley continues explorations of surrealist theater into the life of the street. Her work from the 70’s appears now in the Surrealism Beyond Borders  show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Come see the other side of the street."


Wednesday, December 22

*CANCELED* Special Music School High School Choir 
from Kaufman Music Center
11:30am – 1:30pm

About Special Music School

Founded in 1996, Special Music School is a unique public/private partnership between Kaufman Music Center, which is responsible for the music program and provides each student with a unique and robust music education, and the New York City Department of Education, which provides the academic program. The music program is fully funded by Kaufman Music Center through private contributions, making all the benefits of a top-notch music education accessible to students of all backgrounds without any financial barriers. Royalties from all sales of Who Is Florence Price? go to Kaufman Music Center in support of Special Music School.

Learn more at KaufmanMusicCenter.org/SMS.

About Kaufman Music Center

Kaufman Music Center transforms lives through music education and performance. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is leveling the playing field for kids all over NYC and beyond with innovative programs making music education accessible for 4,000 students of all ages and backgrounds each year at Special Music School; Lucy Moses School, a community arts school for all ages; and groundbreaking teen new music programs like Face the Music and Luna Composition Lab. At Merkin Hall, more than 50,000 audience members each year connect with music at performances ranging from classical to cutting-edge. Kaufman Music Center is based at 129 W. 67th St. on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

See a concert. Take a class. Connect through music: kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 212-501-3330 for more information.

New York Choy Lay Fut Lion Dance Team
5:00pm – 7:00pm

New York Choy Lay Fut Lion Dance Team

The New York Choy Lay Fut Lion Dance Team is a lion dance team that is based out of New York City’s Chinatown and serves as a safe haven for the youth of our community. 

The group who is guided by Wilson Ng, a 6th generation martial arts practitioner carries the legacy his grandfather created in the 1920’s when the style of Choy Lay Fut was created. The Lion Dance Team had originated in China then and was brought stateside in the 1980’s. As one of the oldest teams in Chinatown, we strive to keep the traditions of lion dance within our community for other generations to pass down. Wilson and his instructors teach members of the club as well as the students of PS126 in the Lower East Side. 

Being a member of the New York Choy Lay Fut Lion Dance team is free and open to the public. For more information to join us, email us at newyorkchoylayfut@gmail.com


Wednesday, December 29

(no rain date for performances)

VocalSoul
11:30am – 1:30pm

VocalSoul

VocalSouL sings contemporary Christmas songs, Motown hits, and soul classics to keep your guests grooving.

The Fabulous Fezziwigs 
3:00pm – 5:00pm

The Fabulous Fezziwigs

The Fabulous Fezziwigs perform in gorgeous handmade Victorian period attire, presenting songs styled for the season in a variety of formats, from time honored classics to contemporary favorites.


Rain dates for all performances will be the next day, Thursday, except for the Kaufman Music Center Student Choir, which will not be rescheduled in the event of rain.

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More to Enjoy!

There are a number of ways to celebrate the holidays in Lincoln Square thanks to our local businesses, restaurants, and cultural organizations. Check out some of the neighborhood's holiday offerings below and stay tuned for special discounts, deals, and more! 


 


Note that there may be more special deals and events for the holidays locally that are not listed here. Many of these discounts and deals end on December 31. Check back for updates and visit our Neighborhood Guide for a list of businesses and cultural organizations in Lincoln Square. 


Thank you to

Glenwood - Con Edison - Deutsche Bank
15 Central Park West - Trump International Hotel & Tower - Ogden CAP Properties - Milstein Properties - Fordham University - TD Bank - Global Holdings Management - New York Institute of Technology - Mandarin Oriental, New York - City of New York

for generously supporting our holiday lighting and programming, and to Color Me Mine, New York City Ballet & The American Folk Art Museum for providing unique ornaments.