Your Guide to Seeing Sparkling Holiday Lights in Uptown NYC
November 14 marked the official start of holiday lights season Uptown, with 125th Street in full holiday flair for the 30th annual 125th Street BID “Caravan of Lights” parade and a “Lights on the Plaza” tree-lighting celebration on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus.
The Harlem Holiday Lights celebration kicked off with the 125th Street BID Holiday Lights reception—co-hosted by Columbia and the Manhattan Borough President’s office—at The Forum in the afternoon, before the parade made its way through the neighborhood to spread holiday cheer with entertainment, giveaways, music, and floats of every shape and size.
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Slide 1: Community members gathered together to attend the "Lights on the Plaza" tree-lighting celebration on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. Photo credit: April Renae
Slide 2: Lights on 125th Street during the Harlem Holiday Lights "Caravan of Lights" parade. Photo credit: Kevin Dale
Slide 3: The 30th anniversary of the 125th Street BID was commemorated by the Manhattan Borough President's office at The Forum. From left to right: Commissioner Kevin D. Kim, Small Business Services; Dr. Lena Green, HOPE Center Harlem; Councilman Shaun Abreu; Assemblywoman Inez Dickens; Mukaram Taheraly, 125th Street BID; Barbara Askins, 125th Street BID; Deputy Manhattan Borough President Keisha Sutton James; Phoebe-Sade Arnold, Columbia University; Councilman Elect Yusef Salaam; Dr. Ester Fuchs, Columbia Professor of International and Public Affairs; Loftin Flowers, Columbia University
Thank you to all of our neighbors who stopped by the Manhattanville campus and to the 125th Street Business Improvement District and its partners for putting together a wonderful Harlem Holiday Lights Celebration to kick off the season.
Did you miss the parade, but still want to enjoy a bright city night full of holiday lights? There are plenty more places Uptown that will be welcoming the season in style by decking out in full holiday flair.
Every year, the Dana Center brightens the Harlem Meer in a dazzling light display, including a “flotilla” of sparkling Christmas trees gliding across the water! See details on this year’s opening celebration on November 30 on the Central Park website.
St. Nicholas Park
The pedestrian plaza in Washington Heights will light up for the holiday season—starting with a Holiday Lights Celebration fit with music, hot chocolate, tea and pastries for all. Read more about Haven Plaza's celebration on December 11 here.