CHRISTMAS AND CHANUKAH EVENTS - TWO EVENTS INSIDE GRAMERCY PARK‏ Courtesy of Justin Ferate

Washington Square Tree Lighting and Christmas Eve Caroling – West VillageThe Arch at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North

Monday, December 24 at 5pm FREE You have two [first date passed] chances to sing under the glorious arch. Head to the Christmas tree lighting on December 5 and join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet for sing-along carols and holiday songs (complimentary song books will be provided). Then return on Christmas Eve for more old-school wassailing with Susman, when a motley crew of students, locals and families dispenses a dose of holiday cheer.

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Annual Merry Tuba Christmas FREE TO ALL!!!!

The Rink at Rockefeller Center on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm Come to Rockefeller Center to hear Christmas carols and other crowd favorites with the annual Tuba Christmas.  The tuba players of all ages will line up under the great Christmas tree and fill the area with the sound of low brass.  Spectators will be encouraged to become an important part of the concert by singing along with the Christmas carols and famous songs.

Recruited from throughout the greater New York City area, the musicians will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame.  This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.

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To book tickets for the Festive Food & Holiday Fun Tour that will lead you up to the rink before the show, check out the Zerve page. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

About This Year's Rockefeller Center Tree

This Year's Rockefeller Center Tree is an 80-foot Norway Spruce from Joseph Balku's home in Morris County, New Jersey. The 10-ton and 50-foot diameter tree was hoisted by crane onto a trailer which then transported it to Manhattan.


FROM WHAT I CAN DISCOVER, GRAMERCY PARK WILL OPEN ONLY FOR TWO EVENTS TO THE PUBLIC. SINCE THE PARK IS PRIVATELY OWNED, THESE ARE RARE OPPORTUNITIES!

Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park – Gramercy Park Lexington Avenue at 21st Street Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE The famous gated park opens its doors to the public on Christmas Eve for caroling under its tree. A great way to explore this beautiful green space, which is normally reserved only for area residents.

 


Caroling on the Steps – Midtown East Saint Bart's Church, 325 Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets Monday, December 17 at 5:30pm FREE All are welcome to join the congregants of St. Bart's Church for a joyful Christmas sing-a-long on its steps.

The West Village Chorale's Greenwich Village Caroling Walk – West Village  Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street Saturday, December 22 at 4pm FREE A group of about 150 adults and children wends its way through the West Village's historic, lamp-lit streets singing Christmas favorites like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Silent Night.” If any of your family members are tone-deaf, don't worry: Chorale members will be there to set the pitch—and drown out the offenders, if necessary. The Dickensian stroll concludes back at the church, where refreshments will be served.

Candlelight Caroling: Christmas Eve – East Village West Stuyvesant Square Park, Second Avenue at 16th Street near the statue of Peter Stuyvesant Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE All are welcome to come out and join the Christmas Eve caroling festivities. Hot refreshments will be provided by the Gramercy Cafe. Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park – Gramercy Park Lexington Avenue at 21st Street Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE The famous gated park opens its doors to the public on Christmas Eve for caroling under its tree. A great way to explore this beautiful green space, which is normally reserved only for area residents.