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The Annual Clement Clarke Moore Memorial Candlelight Service Is Almost Here

'Twas the Night Before Christmas reading at Trinity Church Cemetery
'Twas the Night Before Christmas author Clement Clarke Moore's grave.

The city's oldest holiday tradition is almost here.

The 112th annual Clement Clarke Moore Memorial Candlelight Service—a.k.a the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"—is set for this Sunday, December 18 at 3pm at the Church of the Intercession on the corner of Broadway and 155th Street.

The poem will be read by Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, former Suffragan Bishop of New York.

The Church of the Intercession in Harlem
The Church of the Intercession in Harlem

Afterward, attendees can join a procession to poem author 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 will include a ceremonial wreath-laying and festive caroling.

The event is free and open to the public.

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