It’s the start of the Christmas Season in NYC — which means that there are tree lighting (and Menorah) ceremonies all over the City.
Last night (Dec. 1) one of the first tree lighting ceremonies in Manhattan kicked off the season on the Upper West Side just across from Lincoln Center. Winter’s Eve has been ongoing for 15 years with entertainers, the tree lighting of a 25-foot Christmas tree, and food tastings in the area.
Performers at the official ceremony included actors Billy Porter and Jenna de Waal from the hit musical Kinky Boots as well as folk singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie and family. Even with the rain coming down, people had the Holiday Spirit.
Here is a list of other tree lighting ceremonies happening in the next couple of weeks.
Actor Billy Porter hosted Winter’s Eve 2014
Jenna de Waal singing a number from Kinky Boots
Arlo Guthrie & family playing folk and Holiday songs at Winter’s Eve 2014
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I’ve always enjoyed photographing around the Holiday Season to capture the various festivities in NYC. It’s a nice way to keep shooting between various event shoots. On the Upper West Side the annual Winter’s Eve celebration kicks off the Holiday Season from Lincoln Center to Columbus Circle with a tree lighting, music, street entertainment and stores offering Holiday Cheer and visits with Santa.
This is a fairly small celebration–not like the extravaganza that goes on over at Rockefeller Center. The tree is smaller and so are the crowds but everyone is having a good time. Singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, who grew up on the UWS, was the headline act before the tree was lit. Here are a few shots below.
Winter’s Eve Christmas Tree Being Lit
Eyewitness News Anchor Sade Baderinwa welcomes the crowd before the tree lighting
Singer/Songrwriter Suzanne Vega sings some of her latest songs at the 2012 Winter’s Eve Festivities
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The Holiday Season is a great time of year in New York City. Decorations abound. Tree lightings around the city offer a great time to celebrate the Holiday season no matter what religion you observe. It happens to be a fun time in the City, so just enjoy it in your own way.
I went around on Black Friday checking out some of the sights around Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Fifth Avenue around Central Park South, trying to work on perfecting my HDR photography, which I’m really starting to get into and enjoy the creative process around it. Here are a few images that I think came out pretty well:
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