Winter's Eve celebration and New York City's first tree lighting kicks off holiday season

LINCOLN SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) -- New York's largest holiday festival, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, is back to ring in the season for the 20th year!

The festivities kicked off with Lincoln Square's Upper West Side tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park on Monday night.
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Sandy Kenyon reports on the Winter's Eve celebration in New York City.

The fun continues until 9 p.m. (rain or shine!) with free entertainment, family fun, outdoor food tastings and more in public spaces, in select indoor venues and along the sidewalks of Lincoln Square, the gateway to the Upper West Side, from The Shops at Columbus Circle to 70th Street - on and around Broadway.
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Lauren Glassberg checks out the food available at the Winter's Eve celebration in New York City.

This year's headliner is Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes.

Spector was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, and she formed The Ronettes while she was still a teenager and released her first record in 1961.

She went on to produce a string of Grammy Award-winning songs including "Walking in the Rain," "Do I Love You," "Baby I Love You," "The Best Part of Breaking Up," "I Can Hear Music," and of course, the international number one smash hit "Be My Baby."

Related: Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square headliner Ronnie Spector reflects on NYC roots

WABC Meteorologist Amy Freeze was there to help kick off the festivities.

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