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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 our favorites! Please check with official websites to ensure latest schedules/cancellations.

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Holiday-Christmas Trees in NYC

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Peace Tree
Dates: na
110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
New York
212-316-7490

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
Lighting Date: na
110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues (inside the park)
New York
212-860-1370

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.
Chorus Tree Lighting at South Street Seaport
Dates: tba
South Street Seaport, South Street and Fulton Street
New York
212-SEAPORT

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
Dates: na
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York
212-535-7710

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
Dates: na?
Bryant Park
Sixth Ave (between 40th and 42nd Streets)
New York
212-661-6640

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
Lighting Date: na
Northern Plaza at 25th Street
New York
212-538-1884

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
Lighting Date: na
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx
718-817-8700

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
Dates: na
Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place
New York

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 from 5pm-7pm.
Origami Holiday Tree at American Museum of Natural History
Dates: na
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York
212-769-5100

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
Dates:
na
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
Lighting Date: 11/28/12
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York
212-332-6868

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
New York
212-252-3621

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
Lighting Date: na
Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th Street
New York
212-581-3774

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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