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Winter's Eve Returns to Lincoln Square

By Michelle Michalos
Monday, November 28th, 2011
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Digit from Cyberchase high-fives a young fan at last year's Winter's Eve celebration

Lincoln Square Business Improvement District hosted the 12th annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York City’s largest outdoor holiday festival, on Monday, November 28th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. WNET returned this year as an official media sponsor of the event.

The festivities kicked-off in Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street) at 5:30 p.m., with a performance by Arlo Guthrie and family and the Newark Boys Chorus, followed by the traditional lighting of the Upper West Side neighborhood’s holiday tree.  The Outer Borough Brass Band performed after the Tree Lighting.  Immediately following the festivities in Dante Park, Broadway — from Time Warner Center to 68th Street –transformed into a winter wonderland featuring free musical and theatrical entertainment, food tastings from area restaurants, and fun activities for people of all ages.  Activities took place on the sidewalks of Broadway as well as inside at area businesses and nonprofit organizations.

As a media sponsor, WNET hosted an open house at The Tisch WNET Studios.  Visitors to the studio had the opportunity to:

  • Meet and pose for photos with Buddy from Dinosaur Train
  • Be interviewed about public television for upcoming Street Talk interstitials
  • Tour the studio
  • Hear performances by the Kaufman Center’s Face the Music Quartet and Pannonia Quartet
  • Watch outtakes from NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone
  • The first 150 Thirteen or WLIW members to show their active MemberCard received a gift from WNET and Lincoln Square BID

View photos from WNET’s open house:

The New York Cares Coat Drive was the event’s charitable beneficiary, and the Parks Department ran a free trolley service up and down Broadway during the event. Winter’s Eve attendees were encouraged to donate gently used or new coats of all sizes on the night of the event at Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street, at Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society (Broadway and 61st Street) and at various other locations throughout the neighborhood. New York Cares especially needs children’s coats and large men’s coats this season to help people in need citywide.

Winter’s Eve official sponsors include presenting sponsor Time Warner as well as The Shops at Columbus Circle, the American Bible Society, Con Edison, Glenwood Management, Ogden CAP Properties LLC, Fordham University, Roosevelt Hospital, Milstein Properties, Century 21 Department Store, Mandarin Oriental New York, Empire Hotel, Bonafide Estates, Inc., TD Bank, Titan, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Fidelity Investments, New York Institute of Technology, Atlantic Grill, Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, Zagat Survey; media sponsors include WABC-TV, WNET, Time Out NY Kids, WFUV radio, WBGO, and IN New York and Where magazines.