The High Line Hotel Annual Tree Lighting Soirée in West Chelsea

The yearly tradition features vintage carolers, Christmas treats, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus

The holiday season officially kicks off in Chelsea with the lighting of the Christmas tree at The High Line Hotel on November 29th. The former home of Clement Clarke Moore, author of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas), The High Line Hotel will welcome neighborhood families and guests to participate in the Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Soirée. The celebration will include caroling, gingerbread treats, hot chocolate by Intelligentsia, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The lighting of the Christmas tree at The High Line Hotel is a tradition in Chelsea and coincides with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. A more intimate and social event, the Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Soirée at The High Line Hotel celebrates the history and heritage of the neighborhood, which was once an apple orchard on Clement Clarke Moore’s sprawling Chelsea Estate. Paying homage to its history, keepsake copies of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, hot apple cider and other treats will welcome guests to the event. Children in attendance will also be invited to place custom-created ornaments on the towering tree before it is officially illuminated at 6PM.

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