Sassy Santa Rings All the Slay Bells in Bryant Park

jw_bpark_12-02-2016_08cs2Santa as you’ve never seen him before: Johnny, our Winter Village Ambassador, outdoes himself once again at the annual Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-tacular. Original photo via Colby Smith, Johnny’s brilliant makeup artist for the event.

Kayso we have a mountain of coverage from Johnny’s whirlwind two-day, slay-all-day tree-lighting tour this past weekend, in which our Winter Village Ambassador / Queen of Bryant Park not only launched the official holiday season in NYC Friday night in front of a record crowd, but then jetted off immediately to Texas to do it all again in Dallas on Saturday. Our Bryant Park coverage includes exclusive video of his performance, cast intros, the actual lighting of the tree, and the curtain call, plus amazing pic roundup.

But first: the Johnnyness continues with @TaraandJohnny commentary on the Grand Prix Final this coming Sunday, December 11, 8:30 pm ET on NBCSN (NOT the same channel as NBC), AND ALSO this news popped up over the weekend: he’s starring in the University of Delaware’s annual US National Figure Skating Send-Off Exhibition Friday, January 6, 7 pm ET! Tickets go on sale TODAY, and hopefully additional info is coming (including confirmation of a rumored meet-n-greet . . . ).

So please enjoy the mega-sass below, and then visit our sister post for all the fabulousness from Dallas!

UPDATE: Yay!! (Also: photo by Davey!)

UPDATE: NEW VIDEO! Another version of Johnny’s “Santa Baby” from an alternate angle. More video below!

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Johnny and Javi! Posted by my lovely friend Eiko, who came all the way from Japan for both tree lightings.

ジョニーとハビちゃん。パーク前でばったり。@JohnnyGWeir @javierfernandez 😊 by @ESJW


Standard rehearsal chaos.

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Guess who I saw after I closed shop at Bryant Park?! @johnnygweir 💕I love him. They were rehearsing for tomorrow’s show. #johnnyweir #bryantpark #nyc by @cristinataranu


On set at the Bank of America #WinterVillage at Bryant Park Tree Lighting SKATE-tacular narrated by Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba! Come out for a fun-filled night of skating by Olympic figure skaters The Official Johnny G. Weir, Javier Fernández skater, Kimmie Meissner, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje and Haydenettes Synchronized Skating Team with music by Lapis Luna. FREE for all! Get there early and have a great time! by Sean Callan


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His white skates!

Beautiful white skates. ⛸ by @esjw2


How adorable is @johnnygweir ? by @joanjazzz


@pattyow and me in our 2nd annual selfie with our good friend, @johnnygweir. Johnny, you have no idea how happy you make us!! We love you!! by @joanjazzz


Ice skating at Bryant Park w/ @JohnnyGWeir. How we roll at the @weathercompany by @PaulEWalsh


A few snippets of rehearsal video, some taken by people who appear to not fully grasp what treasures were on the ice at that moment . . . 

#nyc #ny #bryantpark #bryantparktreelighting #newyork #newyorkcity by @gaboosha


Dancing on ice rink Bryant Park #art #NewYorkart, #PeopleOfEarth #creative, #CreativeCulture #PeopleOfNYC #NYC #CreativeTwitter #bryantpark by @parvis_rasulov


New York City at Christmas time really is just as magical as the movies. by @jackieibanezfnc


 . . . and a snippet from someone who did. ❤️ Thank you to Eiko for this clip!

A part of tonight’s rehearsals. ブライアントパークもダラスも滑るのはクリスマスソングだけだって〜。 by @esjw2


One more pic from Johnny to end the evening.

Glorious evening under the stars rehearsing with these lovelies! We can’t wait to perform at @bryantparknyc tomorrow night at 6pm! @javierfernandezskater @ka2sh @apoje by @johnnygweir



Obsessed with my new @alenaakhmadullina jumper! Спасибо!! Getting a little interview time in for @bankofamerica before tonight’s show at 6 at @bryantparknyc!! by @johnnygweir


Up close with Johnny Weir …. rehearsal for Skate-tacular at Bryant Park by Douglas Trengen


Johnny Weir @ Bryant Park Rink by Damian Downer


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by Damian Downer


When you in NYC running for your train and pass Johnny Weir, Javier Fernandez, and Weaver&Poje, practicing in Bryant Park. by @lorrainebaldwin


Bryant Park (NYC) 2:30PM by @lorrainebaldwin


Former Olympians Kimmie Meissner and Johnny Weir warming up ahead of tonight’s Tree Lighting Skate-tacular at Bryant Park by @marc1rb


Olympic skater Johnny Weir before the show today at Bryant Park! * * * * * * * #figureskater #winterolympics #johnnyweir #bryantparkwintervillage #nyc by @sj_dancearts


Clips: a glimpse of Johnny in a Weaver/Poje video, which we have conveniently gif’d for you . . . 


 . . . plus some actual video of him.

Carol of The Bells! #johnnyweir #JohnSwanJohnSwan by @johnswanjovi


Serendipity: I stumbled upon #johnnyweir and other skaters practicing for their performances at last night’s #bryantpark Christmas tree lighting. #bryantparkwintervillage #iceskating by @photosbykathleen


Where the magic happens. The inimitable Mariola Zysk makes final adjustments to his hair, while Colby Smith does his amazing makeup thing.

Yep…my glam team rocks. Thank you @mariolazysk & @colbymakeup for my amazing Santa look!❤️ by @johnnygweir


Interview with IceNetwork’s Nick McCarvel (video coming soon!).

When @johnnygweir SLIGHTLY outdoes you in the makeup category, just laugh it off 😂🎨⛸ #legend by @nickmcCarvel


And what would a skating event in New York City be without @JohnnyGWeir? by @icenetwork


OMG YAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS @bryantparknyc @icenetwork by @rockerskating


We’re thrilled to have @JohnnyGWeir, our #wintervillage Ambassador, playing Santa Claus in tonight’s #treelighting #skatetacular. by @bryantparknyc


Johnny’s performance to “Santa Baby.”

@JohnnyGWeir @bryantparknyc #WinterVillage #treelighting by @de0anima


Gorgeous, gorgeous shot.

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a few more of @JohnnyGWeir , because he was just that good… @bryantparknyc #WinterVillage #treelighting by @de0anima


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Johnny’s Santa Baby. Exclusive video thanks to Jenn Kittler!

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A portion of his performance from an alternate angle, via Jeff Barker, New York state president, Bank of America. The annual tree lighting event is part of Bank of America’s ongoing support of Worlds AIDS Day and (RED), to which BofA has contributed more than $10 million.
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And from yet another angle, via Dakota Powell on Facebook.
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And also: cast introductions from the beginning of the show. Exclusive video thanks to Jenn!
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The Tree is Lit! 🎄 Thanks to all who came out to our Tree Lighting Skate-tacuar! Stop in at the @BankofAmerica #wintervillage to check out this beautiful 50 ft Norway Spruce. by @bryantparknyc


🔝 #love #instagood #photooftheday @top.tags #tbt #cute #me #beautiful #followme #happy #follow #fashion #selfie #picoftheday #like4like #toptags #girl #instadaily #friends #summer #fun #smile #igers #instalike #likeforlike #food #repost #like #instamood #follow4follow #art by @justanano


by @de0anima


NYC Bryant Park tree lighting with Javier Fernandez, Weaver/Poje, Kimmie Meissner, and Johnny Weir by @patinartphoto


Johnny with flowers from Jenn.

Johnny Weir zipping around on the ice at Bryant Park 💃 #WinterVillageAtBryantPark #WalkingInAWinterWonderland #NYC #Christmas2016 #JohnnyWeir by @christaandmilotakenewyork


Selfies with a few lucky fans.

@slavin_jonathan This one’s for you… by @robbderringer


I look horrendous but Johnny looks fabulous 24/7 so by @rach_lafond


And a post-show hello for all his fans!

Exclusive photo courtesy of my lovely friend Fei Fei.


Another exclusive from Jenn!
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Bonus clips:

ツリーライティング。 by @esjw2


May we all find time to prance around this holiday season. #treelighting #bryantpark #bryantparkwintervillage @johnnygweir @kmeiz12 @ka2sh by @margaretgraceanne


Johnny posted this on his Instagram to advertise the show. Footage and titling from Bryant Park’s sizzle reel of last year’s show. I love that he’s referenced as “3-time Olympic medalist.” #yes #allthemedals #evenforextraOlympics #worksforme

Can’t wait to bring some Sassy Santa realness to @bryantparknyc this Friday at 6pm for the tree lighting! @bankofamerica #NYC by @johnnygweir


Beautiful flashback: Johnny’s performance to “Silent Night” at the tree lighting in Long Island’s Reckson Plaza ten years ago, December 2006. With special thanks to dear Elena Vasileva for uploading.

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Post-Bryant Park, getting ready to head to Texas for the Galleria Dallas tree lighting the next day. Who’s going to say no to an invitation from Santa Baby himself . . . ?

Hey @voguemagazine, Holidays are all about pearl eyebrows. Me and my brows are off to Dallas tomorrow to perform at @galleriadallas. Come say hi! by @johnnygweir

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