Another Wonderful Winter’s Eve
The 15th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square kicked off the holiday season on Monday, December 1, 2014. Despite the rain, the crowds came out to see top tier talent, taste fabulous food, and join in on all of the holiday cheer. Folk legend Arlo Guthrie and his family returned to headline our Tree Lighting Ceremony that, as Arlo would say, ‘couldn’t be beat’. Tony Award®-winner Billy Porter and Jeanna De Waal, both from the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, showed off their star power and made sure the crowd was eagerly anticipating the lighting of the tree. And, following Winter’s Eve tradition, WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa led the countdown to illuminate the Upper West Side Holiday Tree live on Channel 7.
Once the tree was lit, New York’s largest holiday festival continued throughout Lincoln Square from Time Warner Center along Broadway to 68th Street. There was rocking klezmer from Golem, powerhouse roots from Spuyten Duyvil, cool jazz from the Jazzmeia Horn Quartet, and dancing in the streets led by the most reputable party band in New York City, The Café Wha? House Band. Multicultural dance groups showed off their moves at Frey Plaza, the Suzi Shelton band got Winter’s Eve’s youngest attendees grooving while Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby made an appearance at Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society, and marching bands turned Broadway into a processional party. Dozens of businesses opened their doors to the public offering holiday cheer. And, this year, a record 35 restaurants participated in the Winter’s Eve Outdoor food tastings.
A huge thank you goes to all of the Winter’s Eve sponsors, without whom none of the evening’s festivities are possible. Additional thanks go to all of our participants, our great community partners, and the hard working volunteers who gave their time to make sure everyone had a wonderful night.
Check out some of our best photos from this year’s Winter’s Eve and relive some of the best moments from one of the year’s most entertaining and fun filled evenings.