The Best Christmas Trees in NYC, 2017

From Rockefeller Center to the Met and Park Avenue

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No matter what New York City neighborhood you're in during the holiday season, you're sure to be impressed by the festive lights and decorations. Check out these best-of-the-best Christmas trees, many with lighting ceremonies, all around New York City, during the 2017 holiday season.

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    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree Rockefeller Center
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    The most celebrated of Christmas trees, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a classic New York City destination for holiday visitors and residents alike. The light switch was thrown on the world-famous tree on Nov. 29, 2017, and the lights will stay on until Jan. 7, 2018.


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    Origami Christmas Tree at AMNH
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    Since the 1980s, the American Museum of Natural History has celebrated the holiday season with its highly original origami tree. It's on view from Nov. 20, 2017, to Jan. 7, 2018. 


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    MET museum christmas tree
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque creche will be on display from Nov. 21, 2017, to Jan. 7, 2018. The 20-foot blue spruce features 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs flanking the nativity scene at its base in the museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall. 


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    Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Peace Tree
    Courtesy of Cathedral Of St. John The Divine, NYC

    The Peace Tree in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is decorated with 1,000 paper cranes and other peace symbols. Children can participate in a workshop to learn to make the cranes, and you can also take a walking tour of the cathedral that highlights the pre-Christian origins of Christmas, as well as the ways the cathedral celebrates the holidays. The Peace Tree will be up from early December to just after Christmas.


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    park ave christmas trees new york
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    Anyone driving or walking on the Upper East Side during the holiday season should take a detour to view the stretch of Park Avenue between 54th and  97th streets, where beautifully lighted trees illuminate the malls. The tradition began just after World War II ended to honor those who had lost their lives in the war. And the lighted trees are still a symbol of peace and the price paid for it. The lights will be turned on in 2017 at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 after a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church at Park Avenue and 91st Street.


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    Lincoln Square Christmas Tree
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    The 17th Annual Winter's Eve Festival at Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side starts with a tree lighting in Dante Park on Nov. 27, 2017, with festivities running along Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th Street.


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    South Street Seaport christmas tree lighting
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    For 2017, South Street Seaport, at South and Fulton streets, has joined with the South Street Seaport Museum to put up a tree in the newly opened Seaport Square that will highlight the ships Wavertree and Ambrose. Both ships will also sport a decorated tree for Christmas.


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    NYSE christmas tree
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    The NYSE Christmas Tree at 11 Wall Street has been a Downtown New York tradition since 1923, with the 94th annual celebration in 2017. The lighting ceremony begins with holiday performances that include the Harlem Globetrotters and the Radio City Rockettes. The tree is officially lit at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.


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    Bryant Park Christmas Market
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    The Holiday Tree at Bryant Park is a 55-foot-tall Norway spruce decorated with more than 30,000 LED lights and 3,000 custom ornaments. The annual tree-lighting ceremony, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2017, features musical and skating performances, and visitors can go ice skating for free at  Winter Village and do some holiday shopping. ​Bryant Park is at Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets.