NYC LIFE: Tree Lightings, Holiday Windows Previews & More

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The holiday season is just around the corner and we want to give you a heads up on some of the holiday fun. There’s our very own 3T Jazz and Jingles Luncheon. And here’s the schedule of a few of the tree lightings around the city and a preview of the holiday windows.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

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Nov. 28. Lincoln Square Holiday Festival

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square features a tree lighting in Dante Park, a brass band, dancing, evening food tastings from local restaurants, and activities and entertainment for kids along Broadway. Free. 5:30 -9PM.

Nov. 30. Rockefeller Center Tree

Brave the crowds and winter weather to watch the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and live entertainment. The tree stays lit until Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. Free.

Dec. 1. Bryant Park

The tree lighting will include a wonderful skating show, “The Lights Before Christmas” featuring: Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir and more. Starts at 6PM.
Dec. 1. Central Park

Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.  5:30 t0 6:30.

Dec. 4. Park Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony

The tradition of lighting trees on Park Avenue began seventy years ago to honor those men and women who died in World War II. Today the illuminated trees – which appear on the Park Avenue Malls between 54th and 97th Streets – remain a symbol of peace and a reminder of the sacrifices made to attain it. Brick Presbyterian Church | Park Avenue @ 91st Street

Dec. 6. Madison Square Park

This festive celebration will feature a variety of seasonal activities including a Mad. Sq. Hort seed packet activity, festive entertainment, and holiday treats will be provided by neighborhood restaurants.  3:30- 5:30 PM

Dec. 7 Washington Square Park

Enjoy music, holiday songs, and Santa! 6 to 7:30 PM


Sneak Preview of the Holiday Windows

We think you’ll agree. When it comes to holiday windows, no city does it better than New York! Lord & Taylor and Henri Bendel have already unveiled their windows.  And here’s the schedule and a preview of a few other favorites.

Lord & Taylor “Enchanted Forest”

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This year’s “Enchanted Forest” is a departure from the Victorian windows of past years. And while we’ll miss those, the forest is enchanting indeed. 425 Fifth Avenue (@39th )

Henri Bendel: “From Bendel With Love”

bendel love wall;Love Wall creator James Goldcrown has designed the holiday windows as an intepretation of his signature Bleeding Hearts mural.  Make sure to head inside too and see their tree.  712 Fifth Ave. at 56th St.

Nov. 18 Unveiling. Macy’s Herald Square: “Believe in Magic”

Macy’s is always a must see.  151 W. 34th St., New York

Nov. 18 Unveiling. Barneys New York: “Love Peace Joy Project”

This year’s windows are called “Love Peace Joy Project” featuring a range of artists including: visual and performance artist Nick Cave, contemporary artist Rob Pruitt, artist collective Studio Job, mixed media artist Ebony G. Patterson, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone of Comedy Central’s “South Park.”  10 a.m. 660 Madison Ave.

Nov. 21. Unveiling. Saks Fifth Avenue: “Land of 1000 Delights”

Saks Fifth Avenue will become a Land of 1000 Delights, an enchanting landscape of colorful candy and festive fashion.  For the unveiling, Saks will debut a new multicolored, ten-story-tall theatrical light show on the front façade of the building, accompanied by 85 dancers from the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Pre-Professional Division dancing to a rendition of the famous The Nutcracker Suite. Awesome. 611 Fifth Ave. (across from Rockefeller Plaza).  7PM.

Nov. 21 Unveiling. Bloomingdale’s 59th Street: “Lights Up a Child’s Mind”

Bloomingdale’s holiday theme of light is brought to life by the one-of-a-kind chandeliers created by different artists. The chandeliers will be auctioned off on charitybuzz.com and 100 per cent of the proceeds will benefit their charity partner The Child Mind Institute. 5:30 PM

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  1. Looking at the windows is better than shopping!

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