It’s finally here: the Holiday Tree-lighting at Lincoln Center–that multi-faith holiday evergreen crucial to religions around the world. At 5:30pm this early evening, your best friends Mickey and Minnie Mouse will press a button to light up the most beautiful tree in the world. There will be opera singers, ballet dancers, a brass band, and Dar Williams to help you feel and understand the spirit of Holiday. The ballet dancers will perform “The Dance of the Candy Canes” from the Nutcracker, and opera singers will sing an excerpt from new opera Hansel & Gretel.
And then after the lighting it will be Winter’s Eve all around Lincoln Center, where jugglers, stilt-walkers, musicians, and other performers will fill the streets to entertain visitors. Plus restaurants, stores, and other locations in the Upper West Side (from Columbus Circle to 68th Street) will hold events like food tastings and “activities and kids’ activities,” all of which will certainly have many things available for you to buy, phew! Visit this website for a list of places offering things for you to do and eat.