The Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting has been moved to Monday, December 9th at 6 p.m. The ceremony – the park’s 95th – was initially scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, December 4th. Due to the lateness of Thanksgiving in the month of November and looking for more time to decorate the tree, the ceremony was moved to next Monday.
The tree will be lit under the Arch at 6 p.m. (sharp), joined by music from the Rob Susman Quartet, Santa, a sing along, and lots of holiday cheer. On Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m., a second chance for caroling with again a visit from Santa.
The tree under the monument will be lit during the holiday season from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A little known fact: the Washington Square tree lighting ceremony is older than the Rockefeller Center tradition – by seven years!
Washington Square Association, the 113-year old community organization, presents these caroling events each year.
You can read about the first tree lighting in 1924 here. That tree was planted in the park.
Photo of the tree in 2011: Geekdudehn via Instagram.