Winter's Eve buzzes with music, activities and FREE entertainment for children of all ages! Be sure to bring the whole family to one of the following locations for a memorable experience!
Neighborhood Tree Lighting Ceremony
Winter's Eve will kick off at 5:30pm with
a neighborhood holiday tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park - Broadway
at 63rd Street.
Join WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa, special guest John Pizzarelli, Chia's Dance Party and others as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side.
Our 25 foot Balsam Fir is generously donated by McNulty Outdoors and installed by the City of New York Parks & Recreation Department.This year’s tree decorations have been created by Glitterlimes and Debbie Tuch with generous donations from Hammonds Candies and Soutine Bakery in partnership with the American Folk Art Museum.
Location: Dante Park - Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
Kidrockers/Madrockers produces concerts that feature some of the most
engaging and vital artists in indie music and comedy. This all-ages
show is designed to bring families together to enjoy new music. Artists
will perform original (not specifically made for children) songs in
a manner that is both authentic and kid-friendly. "We love to hear
great new music -- and so do our kids," says Kidrockers founder
Beth Lorge. "We want to create an opportunity for kids and parents
to discover artists and get to see them play live in a fun, safe and
This year's entertainment will include DJ Craig Baldo, Emcee Seth Herzog, and the following two bands:
The Beets - a Jackson Heights trio that was named one of 8 NYC bands that you need to hear by The L Magazine. The magazine lauded the band’s “effortless take on 60s garage-rock, less of the poppy, Beatles-aping variety that’s typically associated with the era, but more of a rhythmic, plodding variety, with guitars that seem every bit as percussive as the drums, and snotty, joint vocals that are almost chanted more than sung.” A fixture on the NYC DIY scene, the band recently opened for Pavement at Central Park Summerstage.
Twin Shadows - "With an elaborate coiff, '50s threads and an ultra-smooth voice, Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. calls to mind a poetic James Dean. He has the style of the rebel but the subtle sensuality of a soulful R&B star." Prefix. "Forget" (Terrible Records), produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, continues to gather momentum and is considered by many to be album of the year. Pop Matters called the record "a near-flawless album and certainly one of the most impressive debuts we’ve ever seen. . . . . With a steady gaze fixed on the 1980s, Twin Shadow cherry-picks key elements from the last four decades of popular music and compresses them into something that will likely sound exciting for as long as people continue to listen to music." "All in all, a magnificently accomplished debut." BBC Music.
All audience members can sign up to receive an annual subscription to Time Out New York Kids, get treated to bite-sized cupcakes for kids from Magnolia Bakery and have a chance to win a copy of Yo Gabba Gabba Music is Awesome,
Volume 2 featuring Weezer, MGMT, and The Ting Tings.
Location: Kids' Central at the American Bible Society - Broadway at 61st Street
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Experience the joyous celebration of one boy's journey against the odds to make his dreams come true at a special free sampling of BILLY ELLIOT on Winter's Eve! The spectacular show on Broadway now has the heart, humor and passion to be named Tony's Best Musical in 2009 and TIME Magazine's "Best Musical of the Decade!" Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community, and changes his life forever.
Location: Time Warner Center, 2nd Floor
Circus to Go Clowns presented by the Big Apple Circus
Exciting, thrilling, moving, suspenseful and breathtaking are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Big Apple Circus performances. From the big top to the back yard, Big Apple Circus' Circus to Go Clowns combine side-splitting comedy, mesmerizing magic, stupendous skills and amazing audience participation to create a good old fashioned fun filled family show.
Time Warner Center, 2nd Floor
Time: 6:30 & 7:00pm
With a crew of four puppeteers and two or three musicians Arm-of-the-Sea will present four different roving scenes throughout the evening. Each scene will involve larger-than-life mask characters and puppet figures together with live music. Scenes may include a 12' tall Rip van Winkle accompanied by a pair of wolves and a dancing bear, Henry Hudson's ship The Half Moon propelled by the West Wind and accompanied by Lenape Indians in canoes, a school of trout swimming down the street pursued by a stilt-walking fisherman, an 18' long Feathered Serpent slithering through the air over people's heads, a puppet called Big Eyes, which stands about 14' tall and has hands larger than a compact car, or a swirling Cosmic Galaxy accompanied by quirky one-celled beings with silk tongues.
For over twenty years Arm-of-the-Sea has been developing a style of magical realism that marries the mythic and the everyday, humanity and the earth, visual arts and natural science, poetry and politics.
Throughout Lincoln Square
Time: All evening
The Hungry March Band
Roaring out of Brooklyn comes the Hungry March Band, NYC's legendary street brass march band in the anarchic style that has become their trademark and a Winter's Eve staple. Put on your dancing shoes and break out the fancy threads because they’ve got a party going on - a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. They are the music of the people!
Throughout Lincoln Square
Time: All evening