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Tree Lighting!

So the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting was this past week. And while we do admire that 75-foot tall Norway spruce and the huge crowd it attracts, we have to admit that another tree has our heart. True, you won’t see Gwen Stefani or Seal in the crowd at the Washington Square Christmas tree lighting, and a Rockette won’t be spotted for miles, but the crowd that gathers under the arch is composed of our always-in-the-spirit neighbors.

Of course, there will be music. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will perform, and plenty of neighborhood kids and grown-ups alike will be belting out your favorite holiday songs.

Plus, rumor has it that the big guy himself–Santa–will be on hand to flip the switch.

The festivities will be held right under the arch next Wednesday, December 6, at 6 p.m. The Washington Square Association will provide songbooks for all. After all the fun, head over to North Square lounge for a cocktail to take the chill off and tell us all about it!

If for some reason you can’t make it, the tree will be lit up daily between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. all throughout the holiday season.

Image via Joe Loong/Twitter