Celebrate your favorite winter holiday—be it a Pagan Winter Solstice rite, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Christmas—at December in Washington Square, when The Washington Square Association offers two chances to sing yuletide carols in downtown’s historic park. The Association provides the annual 45-foot Christmas tree just south of the Arch that will be lit for the season between the hours of 4 pm and 1 am. Washington Square Park Arch is located at the foot of Fifth Avenue, one block south of Eighth Street. To support the efforts of The Washington Square Association or for more information please go to: www.washingtonsquarenyc.org
On Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m., the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs. The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand, and lead the children in the illumination countdown. The Washington Square Association provides songbooks.
Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 at 5 p.m., is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols near the Washington Square Arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes. The words are in the songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart; “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” resounding with special meaning this season.
The Washington Square Association, Inc. founded in 1906, is one of the city’s oldest community organizations. For 112 years, it has sponsored this all embracing event.