New York City Christmas
Trees - Tree Lightings
New York City illuminates brilliantly for the
holiday season, starting with the biggest and brightest Christmas
trees! The most famous is of course the Rockefeller Center tree, but
wonderful lighted and decorated trees are found throughout the city,
in retail stores, theaters, museums and parks, as well as along city
thoroughfares, most notably, Park Avenue. Browse our list of some of
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Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
The Radio City Christmas
Spectacular® is a
for family, friends, and
loved ones. Share in the joy
with the Rockettes®, Santa,
the Nutcracker, and the
Nativity. No one does it
better than the Radio City
Trees in NYC
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Peace Tree
110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Each season, the Cathedral of St. John's Peace Tree Dedication begins with students from The
Cathedral School putting up their annual Mitten Tree. Join in the holiday celebrations.
Central Park Holiday Lighting
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110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues (inside the park)
Celebrate the season at the annual holiday and winter warm-up in northern Central Park. This
event culminates with caroling and the lighting of the Dana Center and a flotilla of trees on
the Harlem Meer.
Lighting at South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport, South Street and Fulton Street
Each season, the South Street Seaport holds its tree lighting and Chorus Tree performances.
NOTE: As of this writing, the South Street Seaport is without power due to Hurricane Sandy.
Christmas Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
The Met continues its annual tradition with its presentation of the Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche nativity scene.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Sixth Ave (between 40th and 42nd Streets)
Citi Pond at Bryant Park will kick off the holiday season with a live countdown and ceremonious
lighting of its iconic Holiday Tree. This free-to-the-public event will feature live
entertainment from Olympic skaters, Broadway performers and exciting musical talents.
Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting
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Northern Plaza at 25th Street
The 2012 Madison Square Park celebration will include holiday entertainment from The New York
Life Singers and family fave, Audra Rox, treats from Hill Country Barbecue Market, holiday
crafting with MSPC, and much more. Festivities start at 3:30pm with the Tree of Light ceremony
commencing at 4:30pm.
New York Botanical Garden Tree Lighting
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2900 Southern Boulevard
Visit the Botanical Garden for this tree lighting and sing-along. This date also marks the start
of their Holiday Train Show.
New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree
Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place
Join the NYSE Euronext community for the 89th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony as they celebrate
the season and bring the excitement of the holidays to Wall Street. This free event will be held
Holiday Tree at American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the
holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is
Museum Collections, with ornaments inspired by items in the permanent halls, current
exhibitions, and Museum collections. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500
creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on
hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.
Park Avenue Trees
Park Avenue from 97th Street to 48th Street
Check out the the Upper East Side to view the 2.5 mile
long stretch of Park Avenue that is illuminated by trees
during the Holiday season.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
30 Rockefeller Plaza
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 with live and taped performances from 7–9pm. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a
world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. Each year, it is decorated with more than
30,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights, and crowned by a Swarovski star.
Washington Square Christmas Tree
Dates: Early December through the holidays
Fifth Avenue, one block south of Eighth Street
Each season, the Washington Square Association raises holiday spirits by providing a Christmas
tree, holiday lighting and music for the whole community to enjoy. The Christmas tree under the
Arch is lit for the season between the hours of 4 pm and 1 am.
Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th Street
The annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square event is NYC’s largest holiday festival. The 2012
Winter’s Eve kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony with world renowned
singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, cast members of Avenue Q, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more.
Winter’s Eve continues through the evening and features free entertainment, food tastings,
in-store activities and shopping around and about this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. The
celebration begins with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd
Street at 5pm and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
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