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Lights Up on Lincoln Square - A Series of Free Outdoor Performances, Holiday Festivities, and Immersive Experiences Throughout December


This season, we will transform Lincoln Square, the cultural heart of NYC, into a winter wonderland. As you visit Lincoln Square to shop, dine, work, and play, stop by and enjoy the sights and sounds of our neighborhood.

 

In Dante Park, don't miss the Lincoln Square Holiday Tree and the World of Marzell's Big Apple, Musical Tree, and Music Box. In the Broadway Malls, check out festive lighting featuring Tumbling Brights amid lighted trees. Our month-long series of free outdoor performances will be music to your ears, and our programming will culminate with a procession led by Processional Arts Workshop's Frost Giants.

 

Many of Lincoln Square's businesses, restaurants, and cultural organizations will also have holiday events and activities, some of which you can see listed below. Your visit to Lincoln Square will surely be one to remember! 


 

Lincoln Square's Holiday Tree Lighting
December 5, 2022 at 5:00pm

This year, the Lincoln Square Holiday Tree is back in Dante Park between Broadway and Columbus Avenue at 63rd and 64th Streets. The tree, a Fraser Fir from Bliss, NY, was installed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and features unique ornaments from Color Me Mine, our local pottery studio, and thousands of LED lights.

Our tree lighting ceremony on December 5, will feature CHIA's Dance Party and the Department of Spectacle

CHIA’s Dance Party, led by Martin Vejarano and his Brass Quintet, delivers a unique musical experience where infectious danceable grooves mix harmoniously with extensive compositional and improvisational work. The band performs original material, inspired by the Colombian marching band traditions, as well as some tropical standards that would lift you up. The music is fun, driven, and adventurous. 

Tanya Turgeon and her team of merry performers at the Department of Spectacle will deliver the gift of smiles to audiences of all ages with juggling, cheer, and interactive comedy. 

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World of Marzell's Big Apple, Musical Tree & Music Box
December 2022 - January 2023

We are excited to welcome The Big Apple, a Musical Tree, and Music Box by DIX au carré and urban art designer Felix Marzell to Dante Park.

New York is synonymous with millions of small and magical stories, and this Big Apple is designed to make visitors stop for a much-needed break or share a memorable moment with loved ones and friends. 

The Music Box is a self-sustainable installation activated by human energy animating the northern tip of Dante Park. Crank the handle and sing along to some all-time festive classics karaoke-style.

At the southern portion of Dante Park, the musical tree will liven up the holiday season. Take center stage, follow the notes, and play Jingle Bells for all to hear.

The Big Apple, Musical Tree, and Music Box will be on display at Dante Park on Broadway and 64th Street through January 2023. 

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Free Outdoor Performances

In Dante Park (Broadway at West 64th Street) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout December

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Tuesday, December 6
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Frank London and the Klezmer Brass Allstars

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.

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Wednesday, December 7
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Eric Person Quartet

Renowned Saxophonist Eric Person continues to make a strong impression on the jazz scene. He has eleven CDs under his leadership, with his latest Blue Vison featuring his strong blues-inflected playing and composing. Eric's work as a leader is stylistically diverse and intrepid. He has also performed with a broad range of performers, such as jazz masters McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Chico Hamilton, Houston Person, Wallace Roney, and many others.

Thursday, December 8
4:00pm – 5:30pm

VocalSouL

VocalsouL is joining us to spread some musical cheer this year! From soulful interpretations of holiday favorites to the best of Motown, R&B, Rock, and Blues - VocalsouL is one of New York’s most respected and requested a cappella groups. Its members have worked with many A-List artists and have also appeared independently on a variety of TV shows, movies, and commercials. VocalsouL will lift your spirits through the universal language of music.

 

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Tuesday, December 13
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Mariachi Nuevo Mexico

Back for a return engagement, get your mariachi fix with these talented fan-favorite musicians right here in Lincoln Square. 

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Wednesday, December 14
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Gabriele Tranchina Band

Gabriele Tranchina is a jazz singer whose music is peaceful and exhilarating at the same time. The texture of the music is transcendent, and an emotional connection is Gabriele’s priority with every note she sings. Some call it Latin Jazz, others call it Brazilian Jazz, and still others World-Influenced jazz. 

Thursday, December 15
4:00pm – 5:30pm

- To be announced shortly -   

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Tuesday, December 20
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Yip's Dragon Style Chinese Lion Dance

Deeply rooted in Manhattan Chinatown, Yip's Dragon Style teaches traditional kung fu, tai chi, and lion dance. Lion dancers require the skills of a kung fu practitioner, including footwork and stances. The performers possess upper body strength, motor coordination, and stamina to maneuver a lion. Traditional Chinese percussion instruments will accompany the performance.  

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Wednesday, December 21
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Bronte Roman's Jazz & Pop Ensemble

Bronte Roman, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has best been described as an exciting Vocalist and Performer of Contemporary Pop Hits and Jazz Standards. Leaning in toward her Hispanic heritage, she also includes a musical fusion of Latino Pop Hits in her repertoire. Whether she is singing for 1 or 1000, her infectious smile, vocal versatility, and engaging connection to her audience makes her a delight to watch and an unforgettable performer!   

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Thursday, December 22
4:00pm – 5:30pm

The Fabulous Fezziwigs 

The Fabulous Fezziwigs reflect the festive spirit of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, hosts of an important and lovely party in the narrative of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performing in gorgeous handmade Victorian period attire, the Fezziwigs will present songs styled for the season in a variety of formats, from time honored classics to contemporary favorites.


Rain dates for all performances will be announced.

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WinteRamble with the Frost Giants at 5:00pm
Mini Lantern Workshop at 3:00pm
December 21, 2022  

Join us for a family friendly procession led by the Giant Frost Puppets from Processional Arts Workshop (PAW)

Celebrate the winter solstice in Lincoln Square with the WinteRamble - a performance and illuminated procession led by Processional Arts Workshop from 5:00pm - 6:00pm through Lincoln Square. This event will be preceded by a mini paper lantern workshop between 3:00pm - 5:00pm. 

Sign up today to carry an icicle lantern during the procession, make mini paper lanterns at the mini workshop or to simply join the procession. Fill out this form to participate!

Email us at info@lincolnsquarebid.org if you have any questions.

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Holiday Lighting
December 2022 - January 2023

Tumbling Brights - 15 ethereal figures tumbling up and down Broadway amid lighted trees will once again illuminate the Broadway Mall interiors from 60th Street to 70th Street. Visit Lincoln Square through January 2023 to enjoy this whimsical holiday lighting along with our holiday tree at Dante Park.

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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. 

Do you know about a special holiday deal or event in Lincoln Square that's not listed here? Let us know about it by emailing us at info@lincolnsquarebid.org!