NYC's 2nd Longest Running Tree Lighting Ceremony


Join Us Under the Arch!

Tree Lighting: Wednesday, December 5th at 6pm

Christmas Eve Caroling: Monday, December 24th at 5pm

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Celebrate your favorite winter holiday at Washington Square two evenings in December when The Washington Square Association provides the opportunity to sing yuletide carols in downtown’s historic park. The Association also provides the annual 45-foot Christmas tree under the Arch that is lit for the season between the hours of 4 pm and 1 am.

The Tree Lighting 


The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike sing holiday songs.  The multi-colored lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.  Santa Claus himself usually appears to lead the children in the illumination countdown.  The Washington Square Association provides complimentary songbooks.   

Caroling Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, at 5 pm is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols at the Washington Square Arch.  The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes.  The words are in the songbooks distributed compliments of the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart.  “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out to remind us all of the true meaning of the holidays. 

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More About The WSA

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The Washington Square Association, Inc. founded in 1906, is one of the city’s oldest community organizations. For 106 years, it has sponsored carol singing under the arch. Other activities concern the continued improvement of Washington Square, the Washington Square Music Festival, and the fostering of neighborhood spirit.  Find out more about us.