The city's oldest holiday tradition is almost here.
This year marks 200 years since the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, who is buried nearby, was first published in an upstate New York newspaper.
It will be read Dr. Vincent Boudreau, president of the City College of New York.
After the reading attendees can join a procession to Moore's grave, located at the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum just across Broadway.
(Yes, Santa Claus as we know him today—jolly, bearded and dressed in fur—is a New York invention.)
The visit usually includes a ceremonial wreath-laying and festive caroling. It is followed by a reception at the cemetery.
The event is free and open to the public.