Annual festivities feature performances by Carrie Ann Inaba, Johnny Weir, and more
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park kicked off the holiday season with its annual holiday tree-lighting event, complete with skating, musical performances and holiday shopping.
This year’s Tree Lighting Skate-tacular, a multimedia ice experience, featured the original story The Lights Before Christmas, narrated by veteran choreographer and America’s favorite dance judge, Carrie Ann Inaba. Skating performances by two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. Champion Johnny Weir, top-ranked ice-dancing team Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, reigning World Champion Javier Fernández, former World Champion Kimmie Meissner, and current national synchronized skating champions The Haydenettes, delighted the thousands of onlookers assembled at the Bank of America Winter Village. Music performed by New York City’s premiere big band, Lapis Luna, provided a live soundtrack of Christmas classics for the skaters and the story. After the tree was lit, onlookers were invited to lace up and skate along to a live Lapis Luna set of holiday songs in front of the glittering tree.
Highlighting both the celebratory spirit of the evening and Bank of America’s partnership with (RED), the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular once again honored the efforts of (RED) and their mission to eradicate AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. For two weeks leading up the tree lighting, Winter Village guests visited a special pop-up shop presented by Bank of America, where they window-shopped and ordered products to support (SHOPATHON)RED, (RED)’s annual shopping campaign. Complimentary gift wrapping was available for items purchased in the Holiday Shops.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park features a 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink, a glass-enclosed eatery, and an open-air market for holiday shopping under the glow of the city’s lights. Located at West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, Winter Village is adjacent to the New York Public Library and a short walk from Times Square and Grand Central Station. www.wintervillage.org