Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, baseball legend Mariano Rivera, and award-winning figure skaters Sarah Hughes and Johnny Weir helped to kick off the holiday season.
With a bit of help from Mother Nature, The 2013 Tree Lighting Show at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park was a smash hit. The day dawned overcast, but the clouds were gone by mid-afternoon, and the weather was clear and mild as festivities began at 5:00pm with live music.
Revelers had the choice of listening to The New York Pops Brass Quintet, who performed on a specially constructed stage in front of the tree, or strolling among the Holiday Shops while enjoying five live bands distributed throughout. Adding to the atmosphere were the red gloves worn by many park patrons, provided gratis by Bank of America.
The music was the perfect prelude to The Tree Lighting Show, which began at 6:00pm. Bob Bronson and Helen Little of 106.7 Lite FM hosted a star-studded evening that included musical performances by the Young People’s Chorus of New York, the Loston Harris Trio, Carly Rose Sonenclar, and to top things off, the high-energy Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
There was also plenty of action on the ice. Our longtime friends The Haydenettes gave a scintillating synchronized skating performance, Sarah Hughes showed off the form that won her a Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympics, and three-time U.S. Men’s Champion Johnny Weir engaged the crowd with his moves and personality.
If that wasn’t enough, attendees warmly welcomed the greatest closer of all time, Yankees’ legend Mariano Rivera, who made a special appearance to lead the countdown to the lighting of the tree. When Mo’s work was done and our gorgeous 50-foot spruce tree was lit for the first time this year, there was no doubt about it: Christmas season had begun. Enjoy it.
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