Looking to spread joy through song this holiday season? Whether you prefer singing out loud or simply listening, there are few activities more full of Christmas joy than caroling. Regardless of your affinity, it’s hard to resist the magic and joy that’s spread when strangers gather to share cherished holiday tunes. Plus, who said caroling was just for the suburbs? There are plenty of ways to join in on the Christmas fun with these citywide caroling events during your stay at Wall Street hotels in Lower Manhattan.
Trinity Youth Chorus at St Paul’s Chapel
If you prefer to let the professionals take care of the music, treat yourself to a memorable experience at the historic St. Paul’s Chapel (just a fourteen-minute walk from The Wagner) on December 22nd to hear the Trinity Youth Chorus perform Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols. This free event begins at 8 pm and features the impressive Trinity Youth Chorus, a group of musically talented youth from ages 5 to 18 from all five boroughs of New York. Conducted by Melissa Attebury, this candlelit performance is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Caroling on the Steps at St. Bart’s
For eleven months out of the year, it’s understandable when non-singers are hesitant to join in on public, musical celebrations. But during the month of December, everyone is encouraged to pipe in and sing out their favorite Christmas tune. At least, that’s the spirit at St. Bart’s annual event, Caroling on the Steps. All are invited to join in on their caroling sing-along before heading inside the church for a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider and cookies.
Christmas Eve Caroling at Washington Square Park
Who can resist a community caroling event in one of the most iconic parks in New York City? If you’re in town on Christmas Eve, stop by the square’s historic arch at 5 pm to take part in an annual caroling tradition. This year’s event will be accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet while songbooks will be generously distributed by the Washington Square Association—though, if you’re an experienced caroler, you’ll probably know all of the words by heart.
If you’re curious to find an unconventional caroling adventure, there’s no better time to experience Unsilent Night. This atypical event presented by sound artist Phil Kline started in 1992 and has been taking place every December since. Now, the event is an international phenomenon better known as a public art piece that meets an outdoor holiday caroling party, where all of the music plays from a vintage boombox or speaker. Starting under the arch at Washington Square Park on Sunday, December 15th at 6 pm, the procession lasts for one hour and concludes in Tompkins Square Park.