Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
Did you know the nation’s first public Christmas tree went up in NYC? Or how about the fact that Santa Claus was born here in both literature and drawing? And have you seen the famous restaurant decorated with 15,000 Christmas ornaments, 10,000 lights? Join 6sqft’s managing editor Dana Schulz for her Christmas in Gramercy tour with the Municipal Art Society to see and learn about all this and more. Taking place, Saturday, December 15th, the two-hour event will reveal the surprising origins of our most beloved holiday traditions.
Photo of Rolf’s © James and Karla Murray for 6sqft
The Municipal Art Society has worked for 125 years as a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to thoughtful planning and urban design, historic preservation, and the betterment of city neighborhoods. One of the biggest ways they achieve these goals is through their robust tour program. Each week, a well-established group of guides leads New Yorkers on educational explorations from City Island to the Bowery, covering themes such as Art Deco architecture, mom-and-pop storefronts, and social and cultural history.
Christmas History in Gramercy runs from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, December 15th. Tickets cost $20 for MAS members and $30 for non-members. Limited spots are available; reserve yours here >>
And enter to win a pair of free tickets here! The giveaway ends at 5pm on Wednesday, December 12th; we’ll announce the winner then.