Make Music Winter, having just completed its sixth year in 2016, is a free, outdoor musical celebration each December 21st that turns audiences into music makers. With a diverse array of talent and themes, Make Music Winter transforms New York’s cityscape with thirteen participatory musical parades on the winter solstice.

Parade Schedule

Parade Schedule

Bell By Bell: Tom Peyton

Start W. 55th Street and 6½ Ave, 5:00pm

End W. 43rd Street and Broadway, 6:30pm

How to Join Just show up with your hands free!

Blink: Merche Blasco

Start Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn), 4:30pm

End Bridle Trail in Prospect Park, 5:30pm

How to Join Bring your bicycle!

The Gaits – a High Line Soundwalk: Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, Cameron Britt & Daniel Iglesia

Start Southern end of the High Line, at the base of the Gansevoort Stairs, 5:00pm

End Northern end of the High Line, 6:30pm

How to Join Download the free Gaits application to your phone. Bring a small battery-powered speaker if you have one. Speakers will be available on loan for the first 65 participants.

La Trullita Navideña de Los Sures: El Puente & BombaYo

Start El Puente Headquarters, 211 S. 4th Street, Brooklyn, 3:00pm

End El Puente Headquarters, 7:00pm

How to Join All are invited to sing, dance and play their own instruments. Come at 3pm to learn the music and borrow instruments, or show up to any of the venues along the way with your own!

A Love Riot – Harmonabord Parade: Jonathan Batiste

Start Columbus Circle, 4:00pm (rehearsal at 3:00pm, RSVP for details)

End TBD, 5:30pm

How to Join Sign up on the Love Riot parade page. Melodicas provided for the first 25 participants who register; others should bring their own.

Parranda Navideña: Los Pleneros de la 21

Start Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd Street, 2:30pm

End Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 First Ave, 8:30pm

How to Join All are invited to sing, dance and play their own instruments. Show up to any of the Parranda venues, sing along with the musicians when they arrive, then follow them to the next location!

Peregrine: Phil Kline

Start In front of BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave), Brooklyn, 4:00pm

End Cuyler Gore Park, Fulton St & Carlton Ave, 5:00pm

How to Join Boomboxes will be provided for the first 50 participants; bring your own if you have one. Cassettes will be distributed onsite.

Pilgrimage: Harold Rosenbaum

Start Park Avenue Methodist Church, 106 E. 86th St, 6:00pm

End Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, 552 West End Ave, 7:15pm

How to Join Bring a flashlight and print out the sheet music. A limited number of lights and scores will be distributed for those without.

Soho Gamelan Walk: Daniel Goode

Start Sixth Avenue and Spring Street, 2:00pm

End Location TBD, 3:00pm

How to Join Show up with your hands free (gloves recommended) or bring an instrument in F Major to play along.

Thru-Line: James Holt

Start Front car of every Brooklyn-bound G train, 2:00pm

End Front car of every Brooklyn-bound G train, 3:00pm

How to Join To perform, sign up in advance on the Thru-Line parade page. To listen, ride the G train.

Tilted Axes – Music for Mobile Electric Guitars: Patrick Grant

Start Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, 3:00pm

End Spectrum NYC, 5:00pm

How to Join The public is invited to join in with light hand percussion. Interested guitarists should email tiltednyc2013 (at) to secure a space in the procession.

Village in Volume – Percussion Triple Music: TIGUE (Amy Garapic, Matt Evans, Carson Moody)

Start Union Square (north plaza at Lincoln statue), 7:00pm

End Abingdon Square, Hudson St at Bleecker, 7:45pm

How to Join Download one track from the Village in Volume page, and bring it with you on an mp3 player, with earbuds. Everything else will be provided on-site.

Winterize: Christopher Dylan Herbert

Start Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Magnolia Plaza, 11:30am

End Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 12:45pm

How to Join Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow. Note that admission to the garden is free before noon, and thus this event is free.