About Harlem Holiday Lights

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Harlem Holiday Lights
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125th Street Business Improvement District

Celebrating the 27th Annual Harlem Holiday Lights Bringing Cheers

The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Manhattan Community Boards 9 and 10 is pleased to announce ------ Harlem Holiday Lights 2020 is still on!!! This has been a hard year for our nation and especially the Harlem community due to COVID-19. Although we have been forced to make adjustments to protect the health and safety of community members, we are not canceling the 27-year tradition! Instead we will be BRINGING CHEERS!

Starting the week of November 16th and continuing until December 31st.

In response to the COVID-19's safety requirements, we have produced a festival with both in-person and virtual components. We are bringing back a number of our signature events in a way that will support the community and is an engaging and exciting virtual experience.

Our new website, www.harlemlightitup.vamonde.com, has been designed to include storytelling, to archive photos and videos of Harlem's past and present, to list Harlem Holiday events, to promote holiday deals, and to promote those who have made and continue to make Harlem great.

What to Expect at the 2020 Harlem Holiday Lights

With the community's safety in mind, Harlem Holiday Lights will be mostly online. Activity highlights include street decorations, live-streamed events, interactive education and entertainment, health resources, small business webinars, and, of course, holiday shopping deals. Despite going online, the 125th Street BID sees this year's event as a greater opportunity for community engagement and unity.

Returning Activities

GRAND MARSHALS -- Each year we select business people from the Harlem community and a celebrity from the arts to serve as Grand Marshal for our event. Stay tuned for more information! TURN ON THE LIGHTS -- The lighting of 125th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue will be live-streamed! HARLEM COMMUNITY STAGE - Returning digitally! SELFIE FRAME - Returning as a custom-designed Snapchat filter! CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - Returning digitally! SMALL BUSINESS MARKETPLACE - Returning digitally with online shopping! HEALTH AND FITNESS DISTRICT - Returning digitally! KARAOKE - Returning digitally as an interactive piece! HARLEM TO ME IS - Returning throughout the holiday season at selected locations throughout Harlem!

New This Year

CARAVAN OF LIGHTS -- As a result of COVID-19, New York City has placed a ban on large events. Thus, the Parade of Lights will not take place. However, we are not going to miss the opportunity to bring joy to the Harlem community during the season. Instead, a live-streamed Caravan of Lights featuring floats from the 125th Street BID, Manhattan Community Board 9, and Manhattan Community Board 10. These socially-distanced lighted floats will travel through Harlem to interact from a distance with residents and businesses along the Caravan route. HARLEM HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMMUNITY HUB -- This website has been created as your holiday community hub. It brings businesses and neighborhood groups together to offer a range of activities, programs, and services during the holiday season. By offering multiple services in one place, the BID hopes that this website will serve as an archive to show off the best of Harlem. HARLEM HOLIDAY PASSPORT WITH PRIZES -- The Harlem Holiday Passport is full of special offers and discounts at participating 125th Street businesses. Shoppers who collect at least 10 stamps in their Harlem Holiday Passport are eligible to be entered into a drawing for a prize from the 125th Street BID! TRIBUTE TO HARLEM'S ARTS, CULTURE, AND HISTORY -- The 125th Street BID invites you to peruse the digital community hub and enjoy the stories included in the adventures titled "Bronze Around," "Get Your Art On," and "Talking 'bout the Street Life".

The History of Harlem Holiday Lights

Dating back to 1993, Harlem Holiday Lights is an annual event that brings the community together to celebrate Harlem's great heritage and the start of the holiday season. It engages community organizations to showcase the best of Harlem. The event started merely with minimal street decorations. Over the years, it has grown to become one of Harlem's annual events. The event encourages shoppers to take advantage of the many businesses on 125th Street and to bring the Harlem community together to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Beginning in 2010, the BID began to collaborate with Community Boards 9 and 10 to ensure the continuation of the event and to open up the door for more community participation.

Through partnerships with a number of community organizations, the 125th Street BID coordinates a full night of family-friendly holiday activities.

Each year, 125th Street becomes a sea of lights.

Get a preview of Harlem Holiday Lights below!

The 27th Annual Harlem Holiday Lights will take place from November 16, 2020 to November 21, 2020.

For more information about the offerings at this year's Harlem Holiday Lights, please visit the pages under this adventure!

125th Street is more than a commercial strip; it is a shopping district that is situated in the middle of a historical African American community that is rich in arts, culture, and a community commitment for the preservation of its achievements.


About Harlem Holiday Lights

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