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5 Days Until Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square!
The 16th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square returns on Monday, November 30. The celebration will once again be full of free live entertainment, holiday cheer from local businesses and organizations, and food tastings at nominal costs. And, of course, Winter's Eve will offer great family fun for all ages.

With so many fun activities, it can be tricky to plan your evening. Fortunately, the Winter's Eve 'Night-Of' Program can guide you to make the most out of your Winter's Eve experience; and, you can click here to download your own copy right now. Of course, the program will be readily available in hard-copy on the night of the event. 

A huge thanks to all of our Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square Sponsors:
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Dante Park - 5:30pm
It's almost time to kick off New York's largest holiday festival with the Upper West Side Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Dante Park (Broadway & 63rd). This year, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature wonderful folk and holiday songs by The Chapin Family with Tom Chapin, The Steve Chapin Band, The Chapin Sisters and Jen Chapin and will be hosted by Tony award-winner Laura Benanti. Of course, WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa will help light the tree, which will be televised. 

After the ceremony, the The Chapin Family will perform again at 6:00pm, followed by two top-notch klezmer acts: Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express performing tunes that mix traditional Yiddish and post-modern sounds at 6:45pm and Nigunim Trio featuring Lorin Sklamberg, Frank London, and Uri Caine performing ecstatic and celebratory songs at 8:00pm. 
Fabulous Food from 36 Restaurants
Thirty-six restaurants will offer delicious tastes at this year's Winter's Eve, so get excited to try savory soups, sweet treats, and samples of gourmet dishes from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. At Atlantic Grill's tent you can grab a cup of steamy Tuscan White Bean Soup to warm you up; at P.J. Clarke's tent you can try a hearty mini cheeseburger or mini regular burger and pick up a Fudge Walnut Brownie for dessert; at Bar Boulud's tent you'll find Pot au Feu and Traditional Cassoulet and right next-door you'll find Moroccan Lamb Meatball Sliders Lobster "Bouillabase" Soup at Boulud Sud's tent; and at Rosa Mexicano's tent Guacamole en Molcajete and Mexican Hot Chocolate are on the menu. Or, you could stop by The Smith's tent for Toasted Ricotta Gnocchi served hot and you'll still have thirty more restaurants to visit! This is just a small sample of the wonderful food Lincoln Square's top local kitchens have to offer on Winter's Eve. Click here to see a list of all participating restaurants for 2015, including current menus.

Be sure to bring a good amount of small bills and singles so you don't have to miss any delectable bite. Winter's Eve food tastings are offered at a nominal cost of $1-$4 and will be at three locations: in front of Time Warner Center, along the east side of Broadway between 62nd and 64th Streets, and at Richard Tucker Park. 
Winter's Eve TD Dance Party Tent
Miss the days of big hair and neon leggings? Got some old parachute pants you've been waiting to wear again? Then you won't want to miss this year's Winter's Eve TD Dance Party at the Dance Tent on 61st Street. 

Beginning at 6:15pm, The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air will give a quirky "I Love the 90s" cover-band performance packed with favorite hits from nostalgic bands like No Doubt and Third Eye Blind. 

Afterwards, at 7:30pm, Jessie's Girl will perform an exciting "Back to the Eighties" show with fun, crowd pumping music you'll remember from the days of cassette tapes and MC Hammer. 

In between performances, as well as before and after, DJ Aiden Jude from the Professional Children's School will keep the audience dancing. 
Three Jazz Hotspots on Winter's Eve
The Shenel Johns Jazz Quartet will charm Winter's Eve attendees and patrons at Pottery Barn (1965 Broadway) with her first set beginning shortly after 6:30pm and the second at 8:00pm. Shenel's voice sways effortlessly from Jazz to R&B to Gospel, and incorporates grace, passion, and personal style.

And, at the Apple Store, Upper West Side (1981 Broadway), jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will be performing at 7:00pm. Karrin's music has been described as original and emotionally compelling, embracing jazz, blues, and roots influences among others.

Also, at 8:00pm, Christie Dashiell from Jazz at Lincoln Center will perform on the stage on the second floor of Time Warner Center, The Shops at Columbus Circle. Christie's voice brings contemporary flare to her jazz performances sure to please any ear.

Don't miss these great jazz artists' free performances on the night of Winter's Eve!
Western Swing & Banjo Ready to Rock Richard Tucker Park
On Winter's Eve Richard Tucker Park is a hub of excitement.  Not only does the park serve as one of the three outdoor food tasting locations, there will be  great live music to either dine or dance-along-to.  

The first act to take the Richard Tucker Park stage will be  
Cynthia Sayer & Joyride. Celebrated as the top 4-string jazz banjoist in the world todayCynthia single-handedly re-popularizes swing banjo with personal style. Cynthia Sayer & Joyride are on at 6:00pm and 7:30pm.

Also at Richard Tucker Park, hitting the stage at 6:45pm and 8:15pm, is The Brain Cloud. This band is the brain-child of multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and vocalist Tamar Korn. The band's sound is loosely defined as Western Swing - a meeting point of all American musics that have come before it, combining jazz, bluegrass, and even Appalachian old-time fiddling. 
Kids' Central at Raymour & Flanigan

Beginning at 6:00pm, at Kid's Central inside of Raymour & Flanigan (1961 Broadway), Winter's Eve neighborhood partners Sesame Workshop, Big Apple Circus, the West Side YMCA, New Victory Theater, Magnolia Bakery, and Lowe's Home Improvement will be offering various kid-centric activities throughout the evening.
At 6:30pm, The Dream Jam Band will entertain young audiences with colorful musical performances. The band is a zany group of musical teachers who perform fun, family-friendly tunes. 

There are a ton of great kid-friendly activities happening during the night of Winter's Eve. Click here to see all of the family fun Winter's Eve has to offer. 
Winter's Eve Cheer at Lincoln Square's Businesses & Organizations 
In addition to all of the aforementioned entertainment and activities, many businesses and organizations in the area will also be participating in Winter's Eve, offering holiday cheer to patrons and customers. Stores such as Gracious Home, Lowe's Home Improvement, and the Apple Store, Upper West Side will host live music entertainment in-store, while stores such as Kiehl's Since 1851 and West Elm will offer discounts on in-store products throughout the event. Some locations, like TD Ameritrade and Williams-Sonoma, will offer free snacks and/or refreshments for customers too. And, first-time Winter's Eve participant, the Museum of Arts and Design will be open during the event with pay as you wish admission for the public as well as a gift store discount. Plus, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center will be bustling with music, performances, and activities, with in-store cheer at various shops as well as food tasting tents and ice sculpting out front. 

Check out our Cheer section to see all of this year's participants. You definitely won't want to miss all of the goodies, deals, and fun.
Trees Available at the Richard Tucker Park Green Market
Trees from Primrose Hill Farm
The holiday season is here, which means many people are getting ready to trim-the-tree and deck-the-halls. But don't forget the first step in your decorating need a tree! 

Through a partnership with I Love New York, our beautiful Upper West Side Holiday Tree came right from Domes Tree Farm in upstate New York.  To further promote New York State treesBob Schoch, of Primrose Hill Farm in Staatsburg, NY, will be joining the Richard Tucker Park Greenmarket starting this Saturday, November 28 where he will sell trees, wreaths, and tree-stands on Thursdays and Saturdays until Saturday, December 19

To learn about Primrose Hill Farm, click hereTo read more about the Greenmarket, visit
Community Advisory: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 
On Thursday, November 26, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take over NYC in spirit and in street closures. Locations around the parade route and the surrounding areas, including parts of Lincoln Square, will experience restricted access or traffic delays beginning now and lasting until Friday, November 27. 

The City of New York has released a list of street closures and traffic restrictions, which are available here.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Lincoln Square BID!

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