Around NYC Today (12/5) Christmas Tree Lighting, Trivia Night


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Washington Square Park, Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park, 6pm – 7pm

The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will lead a sing-along of holiday songs. Songbooks will be provided. The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. There will also be an appearance from Santa Claus. Free.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition Opening: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition, The Arsenal in Central Park, 830 Fifth Ave – UES, 6pm – 8pm

Celebrate the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists and designers reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. Free.

Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam, Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground, 336 3rd St – Brooklyn, 7pm – 9pm

This is acoustic instrumental meet-up  focuses on tunes in the Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and Scandinavian traditions. Tunes are those that are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended to provide a musical home for people interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear and overall increasing their own musical skill. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. $5 suggested donation.

Trivia Night, The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave – Queens, Dec. 5 (Wed.), 8pm

Round up your friends, make a team, and answer questions from comedians! Topics can be general or obscurely bizarre. Every first Wednesday of the month at 8pm, downstairs at The Creek and The Cave hosted by Nate Borgman. Top three winning teams receive one free PBR or well drink per team. There will also be small cash prizes paired with exciting trophies. Free.

Lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah, Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue between West 58th and West 59th St, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

See the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza. The menorah is 32 feet tall and weighs about 4,000 pounds. Free.

Lighting of the Largest Menorah in Brooklyn, Grand Army Plaza – Brooklyn, 6pm – 7pm

At the lighting of the largest menorah in Brooklyn, every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, latkes, and gifts for children. Free.

Winter Village, Bryant Park, 8am – 10pm

Enjoy local crafts, artisanal food, and goods from around the world. The Winter Village also features New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink. Free.

Union Square Holiday Market, South Plaza in Union Square Park, 11am – 8pm

Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year for a unique holiday experience. Free.



Reed Stewart, The Doug Berns Band, adequate furs, Ryne Ziemba, Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery – LES, 7pm, $8 – $10.

David Jacobson And the Space Wizards, Dutch Tulips, Planet Moon, Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave – Brooklyn, 7:30pm, $8.

YVETTE, Ideal (ft. HHH of Liturgy), Soren Roi, DJ Unsay, H0L0, 1090 Wyckoff Ave – Queens, 8pm, $10.

The Wants, Automaatio, Toyzanne, Patrick Ellis, Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.



Side Ponytail w/ Brian Parise (writer for Last Week Tonight), Harris Alterman (SF SketchFest), Andrew Orolfo (SF Sketchfest), Alex Ptak (Adult Swim), Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave – Brooklyn, Dec. 5 (Wed.), 8pm, Free.

Alon Elian (This is Alon), Alex Kayhart (The Lantern), Bryan Yang (Standup NBC, Buzzfeed Top 10 To Watch), Sarah Cooper (The Cooper Review, Standup NY), Kevin McCaffrey (TruTV, VH1, Letterman), The Counting Room, 44 Berry St – Brooklyn, Dec 5 (Wed.) 8pm, Free.



Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour, Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street in Central Park – UES, 2pm – 3pm, Free.


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