Head to the Upper West Side for Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square on Monday

Head to the Upper West Side for Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square on Monday

The holidays are finally in full swing, which means Manhattan’s many neighborhoods are hosting worthwhile events to get visitors (and locals) into the holiday spirit.

On Mon., Nov. 30, the 16th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square will take place on the Upper West Side. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., visitors to NYC’s largest holiday festival can enjoy several activities and food tastings.

The Fun
Winter’s Eve festivities will include more than 20 free live world-class musical performances, processional groups, dance, ice-sculpting, jugglers, stilt-walkers, kids entertainment and activities, face-painting and more.

The night will begin with the annual tree lighting ceremony from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on the Winter’s Eve main-stage at Dante Park (Broadway between W. 63rd & W. 64th streets). Folk band The Chapin Family will headline the main-stage and will be joined by Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti, who will serve as the evening’s emcee and perform holiday classics. WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa will be on stage to lead the tree-lighting countdown, broadcasted live on WABC-TV Channel 7. 

The Food
While you walk around the festival, which spans Broadway from the Time Warner Center to W. 68th Street, your stomach might grumble thanks to the enticing aromas of mouthwatering morsels from 36 area restaurants with stations set up for food tastings.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m., hungry festival attendees can enjoy plenty of delectable bites and cold-weather beverages for the wallet-friendly price of $1 to $4. Food tastings will be set up under canopies in front of Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, along Broadway between W. 62nd and W. 64th streets and at Richard Tucker Park between W. 65th and W. 66th streets. The global representation of food includes everything from French bistro fare like Pot au Feu, with beef broth and root vegetables from Bar Boulud; Moroccan lamb meatball sliders with tzatziki from Mediterranean eatery Boulud Sud; the namesake Dizzy’s Southern Bowl—a filling portion of slow-braised bourbon BBQ glazed pork, jambalaya rice, braised collard greens and corn bread crumble—from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola; and creamy New England clam chowder from Ed’s Chowder House; to Eggplant Rollatini from LUCE Restaurant & Enoteca; Guacamole en Molcajete from Rosa Mexicano; and coconut cupcakes from Telepan.The iconic Tavern on the Green will serve Coq au Vin, mulled apple cider and carrot cake.

For a complete list of what’s on offer from the above, plus other participating restaurants, click here.

The annual festival is presented and produced by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. Admission to Winter’s Eve is free. Event attendees are encouraged to bring and donate gently used or new coats of all sizes to Dante Park as part of the 27th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive.


Pictured: 15th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square (c) Lincoln Square Business Improvement District


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