NEW YORK — Bryant Park in midtown will hold its 2016 tree lighting event on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m. Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba will join Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir for the ceremony at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The event will also feature reigning world champion Javier Fernández, along with other Olympic favorites.
Inaba will be the narrator of the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular—a multimedia ice experience and original story created for Bryant Park.
Weir, the two-time Olympian, three-time U.S. Champion and first-ever Winter Village Skating Ambassador, once again takes to the ice at the iconic midtown Manhattan rink. “For the second year in a row, Bryant Park has matched the world’s top-ranked skaters with a compelling original story to create holiday cheer with New York City residents and visitors of all ages,” says Weir. “I’m excited and honored to help ring in the season.”
The show will mark the debut at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for Fernández, a two-time world champion and four-time European champion from Spain, and the world’s top-ranked ice dancing team fromCanada, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. Olympian Kimmie Meissner, along with Weir and the Haydenettes, the current and 24-time U.S. National Champion Synchronized Skating Team round out the evening’s cast.
New York City big band, Lapis Luna, will provide a live soundtrack of Christmas classics for the star skaters.
The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular will once again honor the efforts of (RED) and their mission to create an AIDS-free generation. “We are excited to continue the tradition of celebrating the season of giving here at Bryant Park while raising awareness for (RED). At Bank of America we are not only providing the financial support needed to make a difference but also bringing the kind of attention required to create a lasting and global impact,” says Jeff Barker, Bank of America’s New York state president.
Through Sunday, December 4, Winter Village guests can visit a special pop-up shop, presented by Bank of America, where they can window shop and order products to support (SHOPATHON)RED, (RED)’s annual shopping campaign. Complimentary gift wrapping will be available during weekday lunchtime hours for items purchased in the Holiday Shops. (SHOPATHON)RED offers hundreds of (RED) products and chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities.
Bryant Park offers New York’s only free admission ice skating rink. There is also a glass-enclosed eatery and an open-air holiday market under the glow of the city’s lights.