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Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting

December 6, 2023 | 4:30 - 6 PM

Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting

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Wednesday, December 6 | 4:30 – 6 PM | Northern Reflecting Pool

Did you know the first public Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the country’s history took place in Madison Square Park? Celebrate the 111th anniversary of the first holiday tree lighting, with MSPC, the park community and neighborhood partners. 

Enjoy this free joyful event with a photo op, baked-goods, and live music performances by acapella group, New York Life Singers, from New York Life Insurance Company and featuring guest vocalist Gabrielle Lee with Broadway Pianist and Musical Director, Alvin Hough Jr. in partnership with the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project. 

Know before you go: 

  • Tree lighting before 5pm. 
  • Giveaways while supplies last. 
  • No stroller parking is available so please consider leaving strollers at home if possible. 
  • Free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. 

Thank you to Sasha and Edward P. Bass / Sundance Square for donating our beautiful tree and to Con Edison for our new energy-efficient LED lights this year!

Thank you to Avo, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Cocoa Store, The Flatiron/NoMad Partnership, Levain Bakery, and The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad for sponsoring this event. 

Special thanks to our community partners Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project and New York Life Insurance Company. Additional support provided by The Montessori Schools of Flatiron and Soho and The New York EDITION

America/New_York 12/06/2023 04:30 PM 12/06/2023 06:00 PM Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrate the 111th anniversary of the first holiday tree lighting, with MSPC, the park community and neighborhood partners. Madison Square Park Add to Calendar
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