Thousands attend Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-tacular

Dec 08, 2015

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park kicked off the holiday season with its annual holiday tree lighting event supporting (RED) in their effort to deliver the first AIDS-free generation in over 30 years. The event, which took place on December 1st – World AIDS Day – highlighted the partnership with (RED), for which Bank of America has contributed over $10 million.

This year’s tree lighting featured an original story written for Bryant Park by New York playwright Jon Caren, narrated by Oscar nominee Danny Aiello and featured performances by world-renowned figure skaters: Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and The Haydenettes. Live music curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center opened the show and a flurry of fireworks capped off the festivities as the tree was lit. Highlighting both the celebratory spirit of the evening and Bank of America’s partnership with (RED), thousands of colorful LED-powered snowflakes were distributed to the crowd.

Although mother-to-child transmission of HIV is preventable, 600 babies are born with HIV every day. By dedicating this year’s tree lighting event to its partnership with (RED), Bank of America united New York City in support of the global challenge of eradicating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. While there’s still work to be done, we’re making progress: together, we’ve already contributed $10 million, enough to help provide over 30 million days of life-saving medication.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park features a 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink, a glass-enclosed restaurant and an open-air holiday market featuring over 125 specialty retailers. Located at W. 40th and W. 42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues, Winter Village is adjacent to the New York Public Library and just a short walk from Times Square and Grand Central Terminal.

This season’s tree lighting ceremony took place on Tuesday, December 1.

This season’s tree lighting ceremony took place on Tuesday, December 1.

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Before the big event, holiday shoppers found unique gifts, delicious food and tasty treats among the Winter Village’s 125 shops.

Before the big event, holiday shoppers found unique gifts, delicious food and tasty treats among the Winter Village’s 125 shops.

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Getting the ice perfect for the evening’s performance.

Getting the ice perfect for the evening’s performance.

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Thousands turned out to watch the show.

Thousands turned out to watch the show.

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The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular was narrated by legendary actor and New Yorker, Danny Aiello.

The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular was narrated by legendary actor and New Yorker, Danny Aiello.

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Dozens of skaters in festive costumes performed an original story written for Bryant Park by New York playwright Jon Caren.

Dozens of skaters in festive costumes performed an original story written for Bryant Park by New York playwright Jon Caren.

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The tree-lighting ‘skate-tacular’ featured choreographed performances by several Olympic medalists, including Nancy Kerrigan.

The tree-lighting ‘skate-tacular’ featured choreographed performances by several Olympic medalists, including Nancy Kerrigan.

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Olympic medalist, Johnny Weir dazzled the crowd.

Olympic medalist, Johnny Weir dazzled the crowd.

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2014 Olympic champions, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

2014 Olympic champions, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

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A fireworks display capped off the performance.

A fireworks display capped off the performance.

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Bryant Park’s 55-foot Norway Spruce was decorated with over 3,000 ornaments and 30,000 lights.

Bryant Park’s 55-foot Norway Spruce was decorated with over 3,000 ornaments and 30,000 lights.

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