Lincoln Center Presents Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Tonight | Playbill

Classic Arts News Lincoln Center Presents Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Tonight
Tonight at 5:30, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents its 17th annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be telecast live on New York's WABC-TV, Channel 7; the station's Sade Baderinwa and Sam Champion will host.
Special performances at this family gathering include excerpts from the Metropolitan Opera's new English-language adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute (including an appearance by renowned baritone Nathan Gunn as Papageno); festive music by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; dancers from the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet in a selection from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™; fire-juggling by the Gizmo Guys from the Big Apple Circus; and holiday favorites sung by Alvin Slaughter and the SRC All-City Gospel Chorale.

Beginning at 5 pm, Lincoln Center and O'Sullivan Tree Care will offer free 12" spruce seedlings to the first 500 children to visit the tree care station on the Plaza.

At 5:59 pm sharp — with help from Mickey and Minnie Mouse and from magic light wands distributed to the audience — the giant evergreen next to the fountain in Josie Robertson Plaza will be illuminated. This year's tree, a 50-foot Colorado Blue Spruce, is decorated by Wedgwood with specially-designed performing arts-themed ornaments.

Immediately afterwards, the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District hosts "Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square," a shopping and entertainment fair extending from the Time-Warner Center at Columbus Circle up Broadway to West 68th Street. In addition to food tastings and other in-store activities, there will be free entertainment — including appearances by violinist Joshua Bell and folksinger Peter Yarrow of the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

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