If you’re a holiday (and shopping) junkie, here’s yet one more night to celebrate, Monday November 28, and kick your holiday charity-giving into gear. There will be lots of food (as if you haven’t had enough this weekend), plus free entertainment and lots of good holiday energy. Monday night is Winter’s Eve night in Lincoln Square, Manhattan.
The 12th annual Winter’s Eve, sponsored by Time Warner, kicks off at 5:30pm with a performance by Arlo Guthrie and the Newark Boys Chorus, followed by the Upper West Side traditional neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park (Broadway & 63rd St). Events will continue throughout the night along Broadway from the Time Warner Center to 68th St.
The best of all musical genres will be featured throughout the night, from performances by Big Apple Circus and various school groups including the LaGuardia High School Show Choir at the Time Warner Center, jazz artist Catherine Russell at the American Folk Art Museum, and rhythm and blues bassist Christian McBride at the West Side Apple Store. Don’t miss the live ice sculpting by the father-son design team of Okamoto Studio in front of the Time Warner Center on at Columbus Circle.
One of the best events of the evening is the signature dish sampling by Lincoln Square’s favorite restaurants, with dishes priced from only $1 to $5 each. The stellar line-up includes A Voce, Bar Masa, Ed’s Chowder House, Francesco’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, La Boite en Bois, Luce Restaurant & Enoteca, Magnolia Bakery, P.J. Clarke’s and others. Tastings will also be held in front of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle from 6-8:30pm.
Some of the activities throughout the evening, catering to both children and adults, include Arts & Crafts with the Big Apple Circus on the 2nd floor of the Time Warner Center, a World Dance presentation by Dance Parade, Inc, and free admission to The American Folk Art Museum’s 9/11 National Tribute Quilt & Super Star exhibition.
Most Lincoln Square retailers, including all stores at the Time Warner Center and many on Broadway, will remain open late for the night, offering special values and holiday features for this Monday evening only (much better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday).
The New York Cares Coat Drive asks you to bring any new or used coats to the event. The annual coat drive is in particular need of children’s coats and large men’s coats this season.
All in all, this is a great way to morph one holiday into the next. For more information and entertainment listings check out: www.winterseve.org or call 212.581.3774.