Holiday fans have not one but two chances to enjoy yuletide caroling in Washington Square this season, thanks to the Washington Square Association.
The association provides the annual 40-foot Christmas tree just north of the arch that will be lit for the season between the hours of 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. This year’s towering tree arrived in the park a little more than a week ago and was set into place by a crane.
On Wed., Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., the Rob Susman Brass Quartet will provide the music and soprano Linseigh Green will lead the caroling. The tree’s sparkling lights will be officially switched on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Sue Donoghue, the Parks Department commissioner, will lead children in the illumination countdown. The Washington Square Association and New York University will provide songbooks.
Then, on Christmas Eve, Sun., Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., there will be another round of caroling near the Washington Square Arch. The combo of the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and soprano Linseigh Green will once again lead revelers from all over the city in belting out the familiar holiday tunes.
The Washington Square Association, Inc. founded in 1906, is one of the city’s oldest community organizations, and for 99 years has sponsored the annual Washington Square holiday tree and caroling.