Lincoln Square BID Announces Winter Festivities

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Lincoln Square is shining bright this winter with an array of holiday-inspired affairs. For the second year in a row, Lincoln Square BID will present Magical Lights and WinteRamble.


On Tuesday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m., festivities will be held at Dante Park to celebrate the launch and illumination of the sensory light show: Magical Lights. The brightly lit installation will hang from the grand branches of the surrounding London Plane trees, and it’s audio reactive: wowing the crowd by changing color, twinkling and “dancing” in response to sound. Think music, singing, and clapping!

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To get the lights all fired up, the evening will begin with a performance by Kaufman Music Center’s student chorus. Following that will be a vibrant dance-along performance by CHIA’s Dance Party: Martin Vejarano’s Brass Quintet. Move your body as the band croons and plays to catchy upbeat rhythms in the style of Colombian marching bands.

And, in the spirit of the renowned Big Apple Circus, the Department of Spectacle will show off their classical circus acts like stilt walkers and jugglers with a holiday twist.

Magical Lights concludes on December 21 with the arrival of the winter solstice and WinteRamble.

WinteRamble is an illuminated community procession that travels through Lincoln Square. Prepared to be dazzled by the visual of Frost Giant puppets leading the way, and locals carrying mini-lanterns against the backdrop of a dark sky.


The hour-long march will be set to the sounds of J.C. King’s Kalimbascope, a group of musicians playing kalimbas, a variation of the African thumb piano.

frost giant puppets

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Want to join in? By registering, you too can volunteer to play with the Kalimbascope! Other ways to partake in the winter affair are to carry a mini-lantern or icicle lantern as you walk (there will be a workshop where you can make your own mini-lantern), make a mini-lantern for someone else, or simply watch!

The starting point for the WinteRamble procession is top-secret, but by signing up you can be let in on the undisclosed location.

For more detailed info on both MagicLights show and WinteRamble, click here.


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