How to Celebrate the Holidays—Winter's Eve in New York City

There's a nip in the air, the leaves are starting to fall and Starbucks is selling its Pumpkin Spice Latte. Fall is officially here. And that can mean only one thing: Time to get ready for the Holiday season! Luxury Travel Advisor will be running a series of suggestions on how to celebrate the holidays in different cities—here's the first of the year, with an upcoming event in New York City.

There are loads of seasonal traditions in New York City—the tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center, touring the window displays along Fifth Avenue—but some other events are just as worthy of attention.

The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District will host the 13th annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, New York City's largest outdoor holiday festival on Monday, November 26 from 5 p.m. - 9: p.m. This year's event is expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the Lincoln Square area of the Upper West Side. There will be over 20 live performance areas, more than 30 restaurants offering tastings and many great performers including: Singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, the cast of Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, Texas-based rock/polka/dance band Brave Combo, rhythm performing arts group COBU and the LaGuardia High School Show Choir.

The festivities will kick-off with performances by Suzanne Vega, Avenue Q and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street) at 5 p.m. with a traditional lighting of the Upper West Side neighborhood's holiday tree. Old fashioned glass, silver glitter ornaments for this year's holiday tree are being provided by Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum.
 
Immediately following, Broadway, from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 68th Street, will transform into a winter wonderland with free musical entertainment, outdoor food tastings along the sidewalks from area restaurants themed activities.

For details, visit www.winterseve.org.

Photo courtesy of Alan "Battman" Batt for the Lincoln Square BID.

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