Free Festival of Light and Sound at the World Financial Center

The World Financial Center’s month-long Festival of Light and Sound will celebrate the holiday season with free dance, caroling, live music, and one of Manhattan’s most dazzling indoor light displays. On December 1, the celebration kicks off with the illumination of 100,000 holiday lights, transforming the glass-housed Winter Garden into a life-size snow globe. The lighting ceremony will be followed by a performance of Tchaikovsky's classic The Nutcracker by the New York Theatre Ballet. 

The celebration will continue throughout the month of December 2010 with caroling by the Big Apple Chorus, afternoon visits from Santa(December 11-12), and a mix of live performances, including:

DANCE

NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET

THE NUTCRACKER

Wednesday, December 1

12:30pm and 6pm

WFC Winter Garden

Kick off the holiday season at the World Financial Center with a festive presentation of New York Theatre Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Keith Michael. This hour-long, holiday gem is sure to enchant and delight the entire family. The evening performance commences with the annual Winter Garden lighting celebration – a spectacular moment where the beautiful glass atrium is illuminated with 100,000 brilliant lights.

 

NIALL O’LEARY IRISH DANCE TROUPE

CELTIC CHRISTMAS

Thursday, December 16

12:30pm

WFC Winter Garden

Holly and mistletoe become thistle and shamrock when Niall O’Leary and his dancers transport the Winter Garden to the Emerald Isle for a feast of Irish dance, as well as some Irish holiday songs and tunes. Hailing from Ireland and across America, this troupe blends their influences and experiences to create an exciting Irish dance show combining traditional forms with new choreography.

 

FORCES OF NATURE DANCE THEATRE

A KWANZAA CELEBRATION

Wednesday, December 29

12:30pm

WFC Winter Garden

Celebrate Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles of Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith through dance, live percussion and recitation by the incomparable and joyous Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

 

MUSIC

PHAROAH’S DAUGHTER

Monday, December 6

12:30pm

WFC Winter Garden

Pharaoh's Daughter has created a unique musical sound that blends the rhythmic excitement of the Middle East and North Africa with the passionate intensity of Chassidic music and Rock & Roll. Led by singer-songwriter Basya Schechter, the ensemble has performed all over the world to multi-cultural audiences of all ages.

 

 

BIG APPLE CHORUS

December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 17, 22

12:30–1:30pm

December 18 and 19

12–2pm

World Financial Center Complex

 This season, the World Financial Center will be suffused with festive music delivered by the delightful Big Apple Chorus. Throughout December, this popular NYC ensemble will perform a cappella versions of your favorite holiday tunes.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SANTA’S WINTER GARDEN

Saturday-Monday, December 11-13

Saturday & Monday, 10am–1pm; 2–7pm

Sunday, 10am-1pm; 2-5pm

WFC Winter Garden

 The beautiful Winter Garden is the setting for Santa, his reindeer and some lively Elves! Bring your family, co-workers, partners and friends for a holiday photo with the Gent of Generosity.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Art Education for the Blind/Art Beyond Sight, a not-for-profit organization in New York City, whose mission is to make art and visual culture accessible to people who are blind, visually impaired, or have other disabilities by providing and promoting the tangible benefits of art education, museum visits, and art making.