Winter’s Eve Kicks Off 15th Annual Festival on the Upper West Side

Winter’s Eve Kicks Off 15th Annual Festival on the Upper West Side

(Courtesy Lincoln Square BID)

Tonight marks the 15th annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, which brings holiday entertainment, cuisine and shopping to the lower Upper West Side. The festival stretches from the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to West 68th Street, with the main stage in the center of it all on Broadway between 63rd and 64th streets.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the festivities kick off with a tree lighting ceremony at the main stage in Dante Park. The ceremony will feature folk music legend Arlo Guthrie and his family, plus Broadway’s Kinky Bootsstar Billy Porter. The 25-foot tall tree comes from upstate New York and will be decorated with ornaments provided by the neighborhood’s American Folk Art Museum. The tree will remain on display through January 2015.

Festival performers include Greenwich Village’s Café Wha? house band (at Broadway & 61st Street, 6-9 p.m.), a cappella groups from New York University (N’Harmonicas, at Broadway & 63rd Street, 6:15 & 7 p.m.) and Columbia University (Uptown Vocal, at Broadway & 63rd Street, 7:45 & 8:30 p.m.) and the Chinese American Arts Council’s Chinese Lion Dancers (at Broadway & 65th Street, all night).

Area restaurants will offer tastings of their popular dishes for $1-4 in three spots during the festival. Visit the Time Warner Center to try bites like orecchiette from Landmarc and chicken tikka masala from Sapphire Indian Cuisine. Stop by Broadway between 62nd and 64th streets for options like lobster bisque from Bar Boulud and cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Then check out Broadway between 65th and 66th streets for polenta from Tavern on the Green and ziti from Francesco Pizzeria.

Shops and other spots in the area will offer discounts, giveaways and other holiday cheer. Enjoy holiday snacks at Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, 20% off at The Julliard Store, caroling at Whole Foods Market and mini-makeovers at Sephora.

For more information on Winter’s Eve, visit or stop by the area tonight from 5:30-9 p.m.

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