December is chock full of holidays and no shortage of holiday tree lightings, carol singing events, and much more to help you celebrate the season. The trees are already up and alight in Tompkins Square Park and Abingdon Square Park, but there are plenty more activities across the Village for those looking to ring in the season.
The Washington Square Association has sponsored a tree lighting and carol sing under the arch for the past 90 years. This year’s tree lighting in Washington Square Park will take place on Wednesday, December 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. For caroling fans, the Association will also host carol singing on Christmas Eve. More information can be found on the Association website.
The New Shul will present “A Deep Fried Chanukah” on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 16. The evening will feature a ceremonial lighting of a Menorah, as well as deep fried treats, mural painting, storytelling, and much more. Tickets and more information can be accessed on the New Shul’s website.
In the mood for music? There are plenty of concerts, carol singing events, and more on offer.
The West Village Chorale will present their annual Holiday Concert: “And To All a Good Night” on Friday, December 12 and Sunday, December 14 at Judson Memorial Church. In addition, the group will lead a carol walk on Sunday, December 20. More information and tickets can be accessed on their website.
Unsilent Night is an annual music walk that starts at Washington Square Park and ends at Tompkins Square Park. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 13. Check out this past Off the Grid post on this unusual holiday concert.
Looking for a new take on a holiday classic? Performances abound.
Summoners Ensemble Theatre presents the classic A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum through December 28. This one man show is based on Dicken’s own performance text. More information and tickets are available on the Merchant’s Museum website.
Celebrate three holidays in one with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre performance of A Christmas Carol, Oy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa at La Mama through December 14. Thirty puppets and a live chorus present songs in Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili. Tickets available at La Mama.