SOURCE: Seaport Marketplace

November 12, 2007 13:10 ET

South Street Seaport Marks Its 25th Annual Holiday Season With Lighting of 50-Foot Chorus Tree, Musical Performances, and Arrival of NYC's Most Acclaimed Santa

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - For 25 years, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day has marked the beginning of a holiday tradition more commonly associated with the quaint seaside villages of New England, rather than the bustling streets of lower Manhattan.

Yet for countless merrymaking New Yorkers, the historic pier and cobblestone streets of South Street Seaport serve as home to a relaxing, family-friendly holiday festivity not to be missed.

The 25th Annual South Street Seaport Tree Lighting celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, November 23. The event features a countdown to the illumination of thousands of twinkling white lights affixed to the 50-plus-foot Chorus Tree, caroling by The Big Apple Chorus, performances by the American Girl Singers, and a small-town parade led by New Jersey's West Milford High School Marching Band, heralding the arrival of New York City's most acclaimed Santa Claus. Complete details are available by calling 212-SEA-PORT or logging on to

Santa returns to the Seaport for his 19th consecutive season (he resides on the upper Westside of Manhattan during the rest of the year). The quintessential St. Nick engages and delights children of all ages and nationalities, and once, even a President (Clinton). A jovial storyteller, Santa's fan club includes adults who first visited him when they were kids, and now bring their young children to see him each year. Santa maintains a daily schedule of appearances throughout the holiday season in the third floor atrium of the Pier 17 building (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; Noon to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and Sundays from Noon to 2 p.m.).

Likewise, The Big Apple Chorus, New York City's premier a cappella group, performs 45-minute shows at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Fridays, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from November 23 through December 24 (3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve). The professionalism of the group and the enjoyment they provide to visitors and shoppers during the holiday season are immeasurable. The Big Apple Chorus returns to the Seaport for its sixth season.

For those who take note, this year's holiday tree is a 50-foot Douglas Fir hailing from a forest in upstate New York.

Of course, there is holiday shopping at the Seaport Marketplace. With more than 100 retail shops, cafes and restaurants throughout the property, the Seaport makes holiday gift buying easy and fun. The idyllic atmosphere amidst the historic waterfront offers a perfect location to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the season.


Located at the tip of Manhattan, South Street Seaport is a slice of timeless New York. Visitors to this historic waterfront pier and cobblestone streets experience a thriving community that includes a world-class maritime museum, award-winning special events, breathtaking views and more than 100 shops, cafes and restaurants. South Street Seaport is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. For more information, please visit and

General Growth Properties, Inc. is the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth's international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey. The company's portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.

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