The 125th Street Business Improvement District announced that the annual Harlem Holiday Lights Event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The event was originally scheduled a week earlier but was postponed due to inclement weather. Harlem Holiday Lights will take place on 125th Street between 5th Avenue and 12th Avenue, commemorating its 29th year.

This year’s grand marshals are restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality, Melba Wilson owner of Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem and legendary rapper/producer Doug E Fresh.

There will be activation hubs all along the route, special promotional launches by 125th Street businesses, and information stations for those seeking help on everything from health and wellness to cure programs. The event will also feature a tree lighting ceremony at Marcus Garvey Park, and a stop at Mount Morris Park Ascension Presbyterian Church for a special Blessing.

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  1. Would like to attend…need some wholesome activities to lift up what is positive in our communities…spread cheer, joy and hope…

  2. The very area of 125 that needs some light and holiday cheer isn’t getting any. Why? I’m speaking about 2nd Avenue to Madison Avenue. Second, Third, Lexington, Park and Madison avenues are neglected by businesses and the City. Can we share some holiday cheer with all denizens of Harlem including the tourists who frequent our Village of Harlem?

  3. Stop building housing on 125 Street. Let it stay as our neighborhood shopping district. Lights originated from my childhood, growing up on 129 St.

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