Family Fun

The Lights in the Heights: Morningside Lights

The lantern procession at Morningside Lights is a top pick for families this fall.

Morningside Lights Procession. / Photo courtesy of Karli Cadel

Create colorful lanterns with your kids at Morningside Lights’s free workshops in preparation for the beloved community lantern procession on Saturday, September 21, when hundreds of decorated lights will sway and shimmer down Morningside Drive. These lanterns are not simple tissue-paper projects; in free workshops leading up to the event, you’ll learn to decoupage giant wire and rattan armatures in collaboration with professional artists. You’ll be as proud as your children to hoist the final products in the procession.

The gorgeous and communal evening parade kicks off at 8 p.m. and is worth keeping the kids up past their bedtime. Should you prefer afternoon fun, there’s plenty of that, as well. If you missed the lantern workshops, you can still create small lanterns at the Family Craft Table on the 21st, 11 a.m–1 p.m., at the Down to Earth Farmers’ Market at West 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue.

Why You Should Go: To get your hands dirty and connect with your neighbors, whether or not you live in Morningside Heights. While you’re in the area, make a pilgrimage to Tom’s Restaurant for a “big salad.”

Morningside Lights Workshops
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at West 116th Street)
Through Friday, September 20; check the schedule for times

Morningside Lights Procession
Morningside Park (at West 116th St and Morningside Avenue)
Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m.

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