NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2015 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:33:40 GMT <![CDATA[Tree Lighting Skate-tacular]]> Date: December 1, 2015

Join the Bryant Park Corporation for the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular! Enjoy the lighting of the tree, and a performance of holiday story "The Lights Before Christmas" on the ice, followed by public skating to live music curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

For more information about the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular, visit

The event, which coincides with Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day, sustains the season of giving at Bryant Park by spotlighting Bank of America support of (RED) and the impact of their efforts to eradicate AIDS.

On this special day, Bank of America partner, VISA, is contributing $.30 to (RED) for every purchase made at participating Winter Village merchants with a Bank of America credit or debit card.

Made possible by Bank of America and VISA

About the performance

The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular is a holiday tale about a very special family on the night before Christmas, written for Bryant Park by award-winning New York playwright Jon Caren, and narrated by legendary actor and New Yorker, Danny Aiello.

Directed by acclaimed director Jonathan Silverstein, the show features music from Big Band Holidays, a new album by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and a live concert by The Chris Pattishall All Star Ensemble, curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The skaters are internationally renowned: Nancy Kerrigan, two-time Olympic medalist and US National Champion; OlympianBrian Boitano, Olympic Gold Medalist, and the first American skater to land a triple axel; Johnny Weir, two-time Olympian, three-time US champion and crowd favorite; 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists and two-time World Champions, Meryl Davis andCharlie White who also competed on Dancing with the Stars; and The Haydenettes, 2015 National Gold Medalists and the most successful US synchronized skating team.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: The Rink at Winter Village (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Holiday]]> Date: December 8, 2015

Come to the annual tree lighting and holiday celebration at Madison Square Park!

This year’s Mad. Sq. Holiday Tree decor is being designed by David Beahm Experiences and will feature beautiful and shimmery silver and gold decorations, echoing Mad. Sq. Art’s current sculptural exhibition, Fata Morgana, by artist Teresita Fernández. The countdown to the illumination of the Tree of Light begins at 4:45 p.m.

This festive celebration will feature a variety of seasonal activities including a candy cane reindeer craft activity, a winter tree identification activity with Mad. Sq. Park’s Gardener Steph, and plenty of performances including Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, Finding Neverland the Musical, The New York Life Singers, and our returning favorite kindie performer Audra Rox!

Last but not least, Taste of Home‘s Gingerbread Blvd. is coming back to Madison Square Park to help set the holiday mood. Neighborhood restaurants Hill Country Chicken and Almond will also be onsite serving delicious treats to the holiday crowds.

Thank you to Mad. Sq. Holiday sponsors Taste of Home and Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 520-7600

Location: Madison Square Park

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