About Make Music

The Make Music Alliance is proud to introduce a new annual celebration: Make Music Winter!

Like Make Music Day on June 21, Make Music Winter is a free, outdoor, participatory musical event that turns audiences into music makers. Since 2011, it has been organized in New York City each December 21 – the shortest day of the year – with twelve musical parades around the city in a variety of genres, open for all to join.

In 2017, Make Music Winter expanded beyond New York NY to three pilot cities (Montclair NJ, Muskogee OK, and Ossining NY), on the way to attaining a national scale on December 21, 2018. See below for selected press coverage and complete listings from the 2017 events.

Make Music Winter is presented by The NAMM Foundation.

2017 Make Music Winter Media Coverage

Sprawling Across New York, a Solstice Music Marathon,” by Zachary Woolfe, Anthony Tommasini, Joshua Barone, and James R. Oestreich, New York Times, December 22, 2017

New York Today: The Year in (Good) News,” by Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, December 21, 2017

‘Making music in Montclair’ to open winter,” by Ricardo Kaulessar, NorthJersey.com, December 19, 2017

Performers Make Music In The Streets,” NY1 News, December 21, 2017

8 festive things to do in NYC on Christmas weekend,” by T. Michelle Murphy, Metro New York, December 21, 2017

The five best free things to do in NYC this week,” Time Out New York, December 20, 2017

Editor’s Arts and Culture Picks Monday–Wednesday (Dec. 18–20),” Flavorpill, December 18, 2017

What to Do in New York This December: Tree Lighting Skate-tacular & Hip Hop Nutcracker,” by Katherine Martinelli, AFAR, November 29, 2017

18 great things to do this weekend,” Staten Island Advance, December 19, 2017

11 epic things to do with kids before the New Year!,” by Allie Early, Time Out New York Kids, November 21, 2017

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: December GoList,” by Maureen Dempsey, Mommy Poppins, November 26, 2017

Take part in a jazz parade through Kew Gardens during Make Music Winter on Dec. 21,” by Emily Davenport, QNS.com, December 14, 2017

Five things to do in Brooklyn, Dec. 15–21,” Brooklyn Paper, December 15, 2017

Winter Music Events Brighten Up Tomorrow’s Solstice,” by Paul Stremple, Bklyner, December 20, 2017

Thursday: Put On Your Headlamps and Make a Singing Pilgrimage Through Riverside Park,” West Side Rag, December 19, 2017

2017 Make Music Winter Schedules

Full details at montclairmakesmusic.org/winter-2017

Winter Solstice Kickoff Parade: starts at Rand Park (Chestnut & Park), 2:45pm
Meet up to learn the tune and join the gonzo community parade as we musically march up Park St. to Watchung Plaza. Crazy hat and instrument are encouraged for this event, but not necessary. In partnership with the Montclair High School Gender & Sexuality Alliance, and Serendipity Cafe

Winter Solstice Bells: starts at Local Coffee (107 Watchung Plaza), 3:30pm
A conductor will lead participants in a community handbell performance of winter-themed songs. No musical experience necessary. Handbells provided for this event on a first come, first served basis. In partnership with Montclair Community Band, Local Coffee

Blink n Bike Musical Night Ride: starts at Diamond Cycle (409 Bloomfield Ave), 5:30pm
Riders with any level of musical ability will light their bicycles and take a guided bike ride like no other, singing as we ride and stopping along the way to make more music! Decorate your bike with lights, bells, horns. Bike bells will be provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Lights will be available for purchase at the event, or use your own, be creative! No bike? No problem! Bike rentals available from Diamond Cycle. Helmet required, dress for the weather. In partnership with Diamond Cycle Montclair, Bike & Walk Montclair, Indie Arts Montclair, and Colectivo Workshop.

Make Music Winter at the Mall: Arrowhead Mall (501 N. Main St), 12pm – 8:30pm
This community outreach and family-friendly event is open to musicians of all ages, cultures, ability levels, and genres. Everyone is invited to come perform: solo artists, bands, vocal and instrumental ensembles, church choirs, handbells, school music groups, music students, music teachers, etc. Mallgoers are invited to participate in a mass performance of Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride in the food court area (free jingle bells will be provided).

Full details at makemusicny.org/winter-parades

Bell By Bell: starts at Tompkins Square Park, 6pm
A evening march with hand bells through the East Village, from Tompkins Square Park to Two Boots Pizza. An annual favorite great for kids!

The Earth is Our Mother: starts at Petrosino Square (Soho), 12pm
A Native American-inspired, group chant in the heart of Soho at noon.

Flatfoot Flatbush: starts at M&T Bank (354 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn), 4pm
An Appalachia-themed hootenanny up Prospect Heights’ main thoroughfare at dusk.

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk: starts at the southern end of the High Line, 4:45pm
A smartphone soundscape stroll up the iconic High Line just after sunset.

JACK Plays Haas in the Dark: starts at National Sawdust (80 N. 6th St, Brooklyn), 2pm
Celebrate the longest night of the year by enjoying & performing Georg Friedrich Haas in pitch darkness.

Kalimbascope: starts at Madison Square Park, 4:15pm
An ephemeral thumb-piano parade wends its way through Madison Square Park’s latest public art commission “Whiteout,” at dusk.

Kreisher Evolution Holiday Jam: starts at Kreischer Mansion (4500 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island)

Staten Island fun for the whole family at the Kreischer Mansion.

Melrose Parranda: starts at El Coquí Community Garden’s Casita (414 E. 163rd St, Bronx), 4:30pm
Luminaries of the Bronx music and cultural community lead a festive evening parade in celebration of Puerto Rico’s proud heritage.

Pilgrimage: starts at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway),
An evening-time Early Music choral parade up Riverside Park in homage to the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Prelude: starts at Central Park Arsenal, 11:45am
A noontime Bach vocal procession playing off the bridges and archways of iconic Central Park landmarks.

Queens Second Line Swing: starts at Maple Grove Park, Kew Gardens (Queens)
A lunch time, New Orleans-style jazz parade through the historic Kew Gardens neighborhood.

Solstice Soul Train: starts at UGC Community Plaza (Harlem), 5pm
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: starts at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St), 12pm
A lunch time parade featuring traditional West African instruments and dance through the heart of the West Village.

Make Music Ossining Briarcliff Winter Solstice: starts at Mike Risko Music (144 Croton Ave), 10am – 10pm
We will start with a pop up coffee and bake shop and live music along with a Mommy & Me meet up. Musical groups will perform all day at a variety of venues, from restaurants to hair salons, and there will be a holiday flash mob, too. At the end of the day, we will have an open mic back at Mike Risko Music. Other sites include Ossining Public Library (4-5pm), 6 Degrees of Separation (5-8pm), Club Fit (7:30-8:30pm), First Village Coffee (3-4pm), The Boathouse (4-5pm), and Good Choice Kitchen (11am-1pm).  The Riskos will provide a map of events for the day that people can pick up in the morning, and follow the musicians throughout the day. Ossining can get pretty chilly right on the Hudson River – music will help spread a little warmth and cheer right before the holidays!