125th Street Is Lit (And Other Holiday Lights to See Uptown)

Maggie Barrows
November 22, 2021

The holiday lights are lit on 125th Street! 

On Tuesday, November 16, the 125th Street BID and Community Boards 9 and 10 joined forces for the annual Harlem Holiday Lights celebration, where a caravan of floats traveled east from Broadway to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., then across Central Park North to Malcolm X Blvd. past Marcus Garvey Park, ending at Morningside Avenue. 

A parade float with people playing instruments and holiday lights in the background.

Don't miss the lights on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. The trees in the small square in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts are all lit up to help fight back the November gloom!

Trees with their trucks and leaves covered in white lights in front of Columbia's Lenfest School of the Arts building.

There are plenty more holiday lights being turned on uptown and around the city. Here are a few more you can enjoy over the coming weeks:

  • The trees on Columbia's main campus at 116th Street will be lit on December 2.
  • Holiday on the Hudson: At 4:30PM on December 4, enjoy live music, decoration-making, and hot chocolate during the tree lighting at West Harlem Piers park.
  • The Winter Solstice Celebration at Morningside Park starts at 5PM on December 4, and will feature live festive music from the Barnard Chamber Choir and Claremont Brass to go along with the hot cider and tree lighting.
  • And of course: The iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center will be lit on December 1.

Are there great holiday lights in your neighborhood or a lighting planned in your local park? Send us an email and we'll add it to the list.