Make Music Winter, Thursday, Dec. 21

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 Tompkins Square Park to the Two Boots Pizza. An annual favorite great for kids!

The Earth Is Our Mother

A Native American-inspired, group chant in the heart of Soho at noon.

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.

JACK Plays Haas in the Dark

Celebrate the longest night of the year by enjoying & performing Georg Friedrich Haas in pitch darkness.


An ephemeral thumb-piano parade wends its way through Madison Square Park’s latest public art commission “Whiteout,” 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.


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


A noontime Bach vocal procession playing off the bridges and archways of iconic Central Park landmarks.

Queens Second Line Swing

A lunch time, New Orlean’s-style jazz parade through the historic Kew Garden’s neighborhood.

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.

West African Fête

A lunch time parade featuring traditional West African instruments and dance through the heart of the West Village.