HARLEM HOLIDAY WINDOWS: A Harlem Holiday Story and Tree Lighting Ceremony


UPDATE: Due to the stormy weather, this event was re-scheduled and will take place on Tuesday, December 16th.

This Tuesday, December 9th at 6:00pm a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Frederick Douglass Circle on 110th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard presented by Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle, followed by a FREE guided tour of Harlem Holiday Windows, a project described as revolving around an original holiday story about an 11 year old boy named Chaz who travels through various eras of Harlem’s history on a magical horse,  written and performed by storyteller and actor Daniel Carlton.

“The story is illustrated through holiday imagery in the windows of eight participating businesses, and can be accessed via QR code at each site, courtesy of Harlem’s Alive. Each business represents a different era in Chaz’s adventure, with the story brought to life through painting, illustration, 3D sculpture and installation, set design and holiday decorations created and assembled by some of Harlem and New York City’s most prolific talent.”


Presented by Harlem Tourism Board, Taste Harlem Food and Cultural Tours, Harlem Park-to-Park and the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance, Harlem Holiday Windows are set up at various Harlem businesses including Barawine, The Cecil, Harlem Shake, Land Yoga, Lido Harlem, Seasoned Vegan, Vinateria and Cohen’s Optical. Participating artist and curators on this project include Laura Gadson, Christopher Trujillo, Tijana Bjelejac, Esé Alexis, Taina Traverso and Paula Coleman with Carrie Mae Weems, JaSon Auguste, Dianne Smith, Marivel Mejia, Donna Dove, Jordan Baker Caldwell and Kenneth Browne.

Guided performance tour tickets are available from December 4th to the 20th 2014 on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 4:30-6:30PM priced at $20 per adult and $5 per child. Self-guided Tours run from December 2, 2014 – January 5, 2015, and there’s a self-guided Tour Map and Window app as well at www.harlemsalive.com/harlemholiday.