It was a night under the Big Top for several hundred children from area homeless shelters on Wednesday.

About 700 kids were brought to Lincoln Center by bus from shelters across the city to enjoy a performance by the Big Apple Circus.

Organizers say it's important that the city's neediest children have some holiday fun.

"The event is really trying to reach out to children who do not get a chance to have any kind of holiday enjoyment," said organizer Madhu Garg of the New York City Children's Holiday Party, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping needy kids.

"This is an example of the generosity of many New Yorkers coming together to make life better for homeless children," added Antonio Rodriquez of the Department of Homeless Services, which helped sponsor the event. "It's a great example of the generosity of all New Yorkers."

After the show, the children received gift bags filled with school supplies, t-shirts and toys.