Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

Make Music Winter

Make Music Winter is NYC’s free, outdoor music-making celebration featuring participatory parades representing a variety of cultures and genres. All parades take place on December 21st, the winter solstice and longest night of the year. Professionals, amateurs and the curious are all welcomed and encouraged to share their love of music and transform the cityscape by joining one or more of our programs listed below!

Make Music Winter is presented by The NAMM Foundation and produced by Make Music New York.

Bell By Bell

A evening march with hand bells through the East Village, from Astor Place Plaza to the Two Boots Pizza. An annual favorite that is great for kids!

Characters of the Dance

Become a character in this special afternoon performace of Baroque flute music and dance.

Flatfoot Flatbush

An Appalachia-themed hootenanny up Prospect Height’s main thoroughfare at dusk.

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

A smartphone soundscape stroll up the iconic High Line just after sunset.


An ephemeral thumb-piano parade wends its way through iconic Central Park at dusk.

Melrose Parranda

Luminaries of the Bronx music and cultural community lead a festive evening parade in celebration of Puerto Rico’s proud heritage.

The Mobile Hallelujah

A Hallelujah Chorus by and for the people through the streets of NYC!


An evening-time Early Music choral parade along Riverside Park in homage to the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Queens Second Line Swing

A New Orlean’s-style jazz parade through the streets of NYC.

Renegade Parade by HONK NYC

Street band music and spectacle for all to enjoy.

Solstice Soul Train

A funky after-work music line snaking its way through the heart of East Harlem, with fun stops along 125th Street for the whole family.

Ukulele Caroling

A festive caroling parade for ukulele players of all skill levels!

Winter Luminaria with Tilted Axes

An evening of innovative performance featuring a procession of mobile electric guitars in honor of Sasaki Garden set aglow with enchanting lights.

Winter Solstice Procession: Will Epstein in Collaboration with Kenny Wollesen

A site-specific, ritualized music procession created especially for Madison Square Park.


Interactive opera brought to life in the pictureque setting of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.