10 Festive Photos From the Harlem Holiday Lights Parade and Lights on the Plaza at Manhattanville

The two annual events brought a healthy dash of sparkle uptown for the holiday season.

Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly
November 29, 2022

Late November signals the start of some serious spirit uptown with holiday lightings in Harlem, Manhattanville, and more tree lightings and decor across the city.

Kicking off the season were two annual traditions: The Lights on the Plaza on Columbia's Manhattanville campus and the 29th annual Harlem Holiday Lights Parade. Take a look below at some of the festive snapshots of all the fun.

And make sure you check out even more lights uptown this holiday season, including the Central Park Meer Holiday Lighting on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. and the Morningside Park Winter Celebration on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Lights on the Plaza at the Manhattanville Campus — Nov. 15

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Columbia kicked off the season with "Lights on the Plaza," featuring fellowship as well as hot cocoa and treats from Pabade Bakery, and welcomed community members to see the twinkle lights turn on in the plaza between Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.

Lights on the Plaza attendees "ooh" and "aah" at the lighting of the trees on the plaza.
Children enjoy treats from Pabade Bakery ahead of the lighting of the trees on the plaza.
A crowd gathers in front of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.

Harlem Holiday Lights Parade — Nov. 22

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the 29th annual Harlem Holiday Lights Parade returned to 125th Street to usher in the holiday spirit with floats and the lighting of street decor along the parade route. This year's grand marshals were Harlem's own rapper/producer Doug E. Fresh and celebrity chef/restaurateur Melba Wilson.

Columbia sponsored a float in the parade and had a joyous time. The event was coordinated by the 125th Street Business Improvement District, in partnership with Manhattan Community Boards 9 and 10, as well as Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association. 

Holiday lights are strung across 125th Street in Harlem with cars moving underneath.
Grand Marshal Melba Wilson greets the crowd at the Harlem Holiday Lights Parade with confetti.
Two people wave at onlookers from the Purple snowflake-adorned Columbia float.
Festive riders on the Columbia float at the Harlem Holiday Lights parade.
Two riders on the Columbia flight with glow sticks.
A grinch-decorated car in the Harlem Holiday Lights Parade.

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