Winter’s Eve 2012, which happens this Monday, is an annual festival with food, music and performances throughout the Lincoln Square neighborhood. It’s one of the neighborhood’s biggest winter events, and the streets will be completely packed.

Restaurants in the area offer tasting portions for $1 to $5, so you can try foods that you normally wouldn’t be able to afford. Performers will crowd into stores, the Columbus Circle mall, and the sidewalks to entertain you. And there are lots of kids events. The event is put on by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, and it stretches from the Time Warner Center to 68th Street.

It all starts at 5 p.m. in Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd) with a Christmas Tree lighting. Most performances start at 6, and food stalls will be open all over the neighborhood.

“From 6:00 – 8:30 pm, some of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings for nominal cost ($1-$5) under canopies in front of Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, along Broadway between 62nd and 64th Streets and at Richard Tucker Park between 65th and 66th Streets.”

See a full list of participating restaurants here.

It will be exceptionally crowded. That’s why we’ve argued that they should shut down Broadway for a couple of hours for the festival. Regardless of the crowds, it’s a must-attend event.

The festival’s website has much more information.

And see a video about it below:

Photos via Lincoln Square BID.

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