Harlem Light It Up

November 19, 2015 2:30pm – 9:30pm ET
11/19/15 2:30 PM 11/19/15 9:30 PM Harlem Light It Up 125th Street Harlem Light It Up
125th Street

The 125th Street Business Improvement District is holding its 23nd Annual holiday lighting ceremony. Activities start at 2:30 pm

  • The Harlem Holiday Lights celebration is a street lighting event that stretches along 125th Street from Fifth Avenue to Marginal Street
  • Festivities to commence on November 19th and kick off the holiday season in Harlem
  • Dozens of BID merchants host in store activities and promotions
  • Outdoor activities presented by community organizations and other businesses
  • Parade of Lights, with caravans of lighted vehicles, follow the BID contractor turning on street decorations
  • And more…

As an organization, the 125th Street BID seeks to develop a community-based vision to maintain the heritage of 125th Street, to help secure future cultural presentation and production in Harlem and to encourage the ongoing revitalization of 125th Street as a premier art, culture and entertainment destination. Other goals include: event promotion and nightlife, to facilitate active tourism, to celebrate and build upon existing cultural assets, to catalyze economic development, to increase pedestrian mobility, to give the streetscape a cohesive modern appearance and reduce clutter, to develop additional public space, to include public art throughout the project, and to create a high quality urban environment that contributes to an identity for the Harlem community.

We hosted our first annual Harlem Holiday Lights program in 1994. The event has become a well-known feat of 125th Street and a highly-anticipated community event. With the lights, the BID aims to create a festive holiday atmosphere for families, businesses and visitors. The event will launch the holiday season in on 125th Street and for Upper Manhattan, celebrating our 21st annual anniversary as a Business Improvement District.