Less Christmas cheer at Lincoln Center this year
Did Lincoln Center cancel Christmas?
Well, at least the part that involves a big tree.
The Upper West Side performing arts complex said Thursday that it will not have its traditional tree lighting ceremony this year, owing mostly to ongoing construction on the plaza off Columbus Avenue.
The Associated Press reported that cost was a factor in the decision to not have a tree this year, though a spokeswoman for Lincoln Center, Kate Merlino, said the reason was “primarily construction of the plaza.”
Asked whether there are economic concerns, Merlino said: “We don’t discuss what things cost at Lincoln Center.”
The holiday celebration has been an annual tradition in the city for 19 years and is broadcast live on TV.
Merlino said the tree lighting would resume next year.
As for the even more famous tree about 15 blocks south, an official at Rockefeller Center said plans for that annual celebration are still on.