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East Village Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join EVIMA and friends for the 27th annual East Village Tree Lighting Ceremony! Enjoy cozy warm drinks while kicking off the holiday season with neighbors! 

The humble evergreen was planted in 1992 in the memory of Glenn Barnett and other neighbors who have died of AIDS. Glenn Barnett was an East Village local and a fierce advocate for the park's value to the community. Over the years, this event has turned into a beloved tradition. The evening will include carolers, refreshments, official tree lighting and raffle giveaways.

Assemble around the center grass of Tompkins Square Park at 4pm for all the festivities.
When the event concludes, join us for the after party at Lucky, 168 Avenue B! 

If you are interested in the marketing opportunity for local merchants, the DEADLINE for a listing in the program is Wednesday November 14. Here are details: 

  1.  Become an event sponsor: $100-$500 donation. Contact Jimmy Carbone (  to discuss your sponsorship level. Make checks payable to Tompkins Square Park Neighborhood Coalition. Checks can be dropped of at Exit9 Gift Emporium no later than 11/14.  

  1. Donate a Raffle Prize: We are looking to procure a number of raffle prizes. (No product. Gift Certificates only.)  Contributing merchant will get a listing in the program. Please contact for details or drop off your gift certificates at Exit9 by 11/14 to ensure you're listed in the program.  

  1. Food and Drinks donations:  Merchant gets a listing in the program. We are looking for holiday-inspired drinks and snacks (coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider, donuts, croissants, etc.). Food and beverage donors, please bring a folding table. Set up is at 3:30-4. Clean up is at 5-5:30. Contact Jimmy Carbone ( to coordinate food donations.

  1. Merchants promotion: If you are able to offer a Holiday promotion inside your own establishment, please let us know what the offer is so we can include you in our press release. Please send: Business Name, Business Address and Your Offer to by December 1st. 

    Thank you!! 
    Your pals,