Bryant Park


Tree Lighting Skate-Tacular on December 1

Come celebrate the holiday season with a delightful theatrical production on ice featuring Olympic and national champion skaters, live Jazz music, and the lighting of the 2015 tree.

Angelito Jusay

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is the place to be on Tuesday, December 1 as Bryant Park presents the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular. The public is invited to listen to fantastic live music, watch Olympic and national champion skaters perform an original production on ice, and enjoy free skating on The Rink

The evening begins at 5:15pm with a live concert by The Chris Pattishall All Star Ensemble, curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Then at 6pm, we present The Lights Before Christmas, a theatrical production on ice starring two-time Olympic medalist and U.S. National Champion Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano, two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists and two-time World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and The Haydenettes, 2015 National Gold Medalists and the most successful U.S. synchronized skating team. The show is narrated by legendary actor Danny Aiello.

A delightful holiday tale about a very special family on Christmas Eve, The Lights Before Christmas was written specifically for Bryant Park by award-winning New York playwright Jon Caren and is directed by the acclaimed director Jonathan Silverstein. The crowning moment of the story is the actual lighting of Bryant Park’s Christmas tree

The Lights Before Christmas also features music from Big Band Holidays, a new album by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. After the show, The Rink opens for public skating and The Chris Pattishall All Star Ensemble returns to perform live for the skaters. 

The event, which coincides with Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day, sustains the season of giving at Bryant Park by spotlighting Bank of America’s support of (RED) and the impact of its efforts to eradicate AIDS. One Step Closer to Ending AIDS, a photo exhibit on the Deck shot by renowned photographer Rankin, features images and stories of the amazing mothers, children, and healthcare workers in Zambia whose lives have been changed as a result of access to HIV medication. The exhibit ends its 16-day run the following day. 

On this special day, Bank of America is contributing $.30, the cost of a full day of HIV treatment, to (RED)’s fight against AIDS for every purchase made at participating Winter Village vendors with a Bank of America credit or debit card. Additionally, the company is matching, dollar for dollar, every donation you make to (RED) through The Global Fund, and is donating $.30 for each unique visit to the campaign’s website through the end of the year.

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