For KidsWinter’s Eve buzzes with music, activities and FREE entertainment for children of all ages. Be sure to bring the whole family for a memorable experience!
Tree Lighting Ceremony with Suzanne Vega, cast members from Avenue Q, Brooklyn Youth Chorus & Special Guest Laurie Berkner
Winter’s Eve 2012 will kick off at 5:00pm with the Upper West Side’s holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Winter’s Eve Main Stage at Dante Park – Broadway & 63rd Street. Join world renowned singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, the cast of Avenue Q, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa, and special guest Laurie Berkner as we welcome the holiday season, light up the Upper West Side and jump start the evening’s festivities.
This year’s 25 foot Norway Spruce will be extra shiny as Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum are decorating it with old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments. The tree will be on display through January 2013.
Location: Dante Park – Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band will headline Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society at Broadway and 61st Street! Children of all ages and their families and friends will rock out as The Dirty Sock Funtime Band plays some of the most innovative and exciting music. This high energy kids’ rock band has been voted the “Best Kids Band” by the readers of Time Out New York Kids and is sure to be a hit at this year’s event.
Kids’ Central will also have some activities from some great Upper West Side organizations. Check them out by clicking here.
Location: Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society – Broadway & 61st Street
Time: 6:00pm & 7:00pm
On Winter’s Eve, Okamoto Studio will once again amaze holiday revelers with live ice sculpting. Okamoto Studio is a New York-based artist collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything made of crystal clear ice. From the most delicate ice wares to life-like sculptures to live performance carvings, Okamoto Studio delivers the perfect ice experience. Formed in 2003, Okamoto studio’s mission is to showcase the full beauty and potential of handcrafted ice. Custom sculpted ice by Okamoto Studio is precise, effective and mesmerizing.
Locations: Time Warner Center (outside) and Columbus Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets (outside)
Time: All Evening
Cobu - Japanese Taiko Drum & Tap Dance Co. based in New York City, was created as a Live Rhythm Performing Arts Group in 2000. Yako Miyamoto, the founder of Cobu is a current member of the off Broadway-hit STOMP. Cobu combines elements of the Japanese traditional Taiko drumming with rhythmic Tap dancing. The extremely positive impact of the performance has received rave reviews from The New York Times and The Chicago Sun Times and has touched audiences through major festivals in Boston and Chicago.
“Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing” Cobu’s motto is inspired by the combined sounds of New York and traditional Japanese culture. Their signature sound is created organically through acoustic instruments, rather than digital transcription. This juxtaposition of traditional modernity makes them one of the most unique and original mind-blowing groups of our time. Cobu is now the spotlight of entertainment accepted not only in United States but other countries such as Japan, Europe and all across Asia.
Location: In front of Alice Tully Hall at Broadway and 65th Street
Time: 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm
The New York-based Alice Farley Dance Theater creates indoor and outdoor Theater of Gesture and Transformation performances. Bessie Award-winning choreographer/designer Alice Farley’s outdoor performance at Winter’s Eve will involve creating imaginary landscapes for public spaces that combines sculptural costuming, circus arts, dance and puppetry, a dream life for architectural and natural environments.
Location: Broadway from 60th – 63rd Streets
Time: All evening
The beloved Freezemeister is back! JACK FROST is live on stage and is taking your holiday season by storm! With a blizzard of frosty, fun-filled, family entertainment, he will warm the hearts of all ages. Witness icy illusions and mystifying magic! See juggling snowballs and snowman impersonations! Sing along with holiday favorites; “Frosty the Snowman” and “Let it Snow!” Watch the children delight in Jack Frost’s famous game of “Freeze!” And cheer on the charming champion of the “Perilous Plate Challenge!” There’s magic, music, merriment, and more with Mr. White Christmas himself. JACK FROST is a must see!
Location: Time Warner Center
Take a break from all the entertainment to celebrate your creativity with these family-friendly activities.
On the second floor of Time Warner Center, have fun with performers and face painters from the Big Apple Circus, and celebrate the season of giving with DOROT by making holiday cards for seniors in the community.
Don’t miss Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society, at Broadway and 61st Street, with face painting and tattoos hosted by the West Side YMCA, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and fun wintry sensory tables, a winter wreath art project, and more from Apple Seeds. Plus, have your picture taken at the Time Out Kids photo booth and visit with UrbanSitter.
New York Institute of Technology will also have a face painter on hand at its location on Broadway between 60th and 61st Streets.
Just up the block at TD Bank on Broadway and 62nd Street, children and their parents can get creative as they customize their very own Elf Hat at this popular Winter’s Eve activity.
If that wasn’t enough, we are lucky to have three Santas visiting Lincoln Square during Winter’s Eve – say hi to Santa at Brooks Brothers at 1934 Broadway and 65th Street, at Gracious Home on Broadway at 67th Street, and meet St. Nicholas at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Columbus Avenue at 60th Street). St. Paul’s will also be screening Christmas cartoon movies for children.
Kids can create amazing art for free with their Voices using VoicePainter at the Lincoln Square Century 21 Store on Winter’s Eve. They will receive free copies of their VoicePaintings on greeting cards to take with them. Parents must Register their kids at www.VoicePainter.com
Location: Century 21 Store (1972 Broadway at 66th St.)
Time: 5:30 to 7:30pm
From 5:30 – 7:30pm, Kaufman Center presents student chamber groups, ages 8-18, from the Special Music School and Lucy Moses School performing classical and holiday music at TD Bank at 68th Street and Broadway. Enjoy holiday cookies and drinks courtesy of TD Bank.
At the Professional Children’s School, located just west of Columbus Avenue on 60th Street, student singers, dancers and instrumentalists will delight all with a Classical and Popular sampling at 6:00pm.
The LaGuardia High School Show Choir will treat the holiday revelers at Time Warner Center to a fantastic performance at 7:00pm.
With the Tony-winning Broadway smash back on the Great White Way, and a new, Will Smith-produced movie in the works, what better time to rediscover the Oscar-nominated 1982 film version of Annie, directed by the legendary John Huston and starring a cast of stage and screen legends? Newcomer Aileen Quinn gives a Golden Globe-nominated performance as cartoonist Harold Gray’s precocious, Depression-era orphan, with Carol Burnett lending ace comic support as the perpetually soused orphanage warden Miss Hannigan, Albert Finney as the billionaire Daddy Warbucks, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and many more! Composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin’s iconic song score includes the smash hits “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life” alongside the equally memorable “Let’s Go to the Movies,” “Little Girls” and “Easy Street.”
Join the Film Society for this family favorite and enjoy delicious popcorn from indie food and wine free of charge! Also, be sure to check out their ongoing Family Films series with movies the kids are sure to love.
Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam
Time: 2:30pm, 5:00pm & 7:30pm
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