10 Best Holiday & Christmas Trees in New York City

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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 Christmas trees, many with lighting ceremonies, all around New York City.

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    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

    The most celebrated of Christmas trees, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a classic New York City destination for holiday visitors and residents alike.
    Tree Goes Up: November 2016
    Lighting Ceremony: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    Tree Taken Down: January 7, 2017
    Address: from 47th to 51st Sts. between 5th & 6th Avenues (Map)
    Phone: 212-332-6868

    More: Visitors Guide to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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    Origami Christmas Tree at AMNH

    AMNH Origami Holiday Tree
    ••• AMNH Origami Holiday Tree.

    For over 30 years the American Museum of Natural History has celebrated the holiday season with its origami tree, this year decorated with the theme of Origami Dinosaurs Among Us featuring feathered dinosaurs, alligator hatchlings, and stunning modern birds inspired by the upcoming Cuba! exhibit and current Dinosaurs Among Us and Crocs exhibits. They also have 2 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs lit up for viewing as well.

    Tree Viewing Begins: November 21, 2016
    Tree Comes Down: January 8, 2017
    Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
    Phone: 212-875-5456

    More: Visitors Guide to the Origami Christmas Tree at AMNH

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    Christmas Tree at the Met

    Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
    ••• Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche. Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will display its Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche. The twenty-foot blue spruce features 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs flanking the Nativity scene at its base in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall. 
    Tree Up: November 22, 2016
    Tree Down: January 8, 2017
    Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
    Phone: 212-535-7710
    More: Visitors Guide to the Christmas Tree at the Met

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    The Peace Tree in the Cathedral is decorated with 1000 paper cranes and other peace symbols. Children can participate in a workshop to learn to make the cranes, and there is also a walking tour of the Cathedral that highlights the pre-Christian origins of Christmas, as well as the ways the Cathedral celebrates the holidays.
    Lighting Ceremony: early December
    Tree Taken Down: just after Christmas
    Address: 110th St. and Amsterdam Ave.
    Phone: 212-316-7490

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    Park Avenue Trees

    Park Avenue at Christmas
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    Anyone driving or walking on the Upper East Side should take a detour to view the 2.5 mile long stretch of Park Avenue that is illuminated by trees during the Holiday season.
    Address: Park Avenue from 97th Street to 48th Street

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    14th Annual Winter's Eve At Lincoln Center
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    The 17th Annual Winter's Eve Festival at Lincoln Square starts with a tree lighting in Dante Park, with festivities running along Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th Street.
    Lighting Ceremony: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5 p.m.
    Address: 63rd St. & Broadway

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    South Street Seaport Chorus Tree
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    This Singing Christmas Tree has carolers performing Fridays from 1-3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. through Christmas, offering shoppers and tourists a festive break from the holiday madness.
    Lighting Ceremony: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
    Address: South Street and Fulton Street

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    NYSE Christmas Tree

    NYSE and Holiday Tree
    ••• NYSE and Holiday Tree. Courtesy of NYSE

    Awaiting 2016 Update

    The NYSE Christmas Tree has been a Downtown New York tradition since 1923. The tree is located on Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place in front of the NYSE. The official lighting ceremony will take place on December 10, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. with a choir singing Christmas carols beginning at 4 p.m.

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    The Plaza Holiday Tree

    Betsey Johnson Lights The 2011 Eloise Christmas Tree At The Plaza
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    Awaiting 2016 Update

    This year, The Plaza will be displaying a holiday tree decorated with snowflake ornaments curated by Saks Fifth Avenue especially for The Plaza. They will be offering a special "Snowflake Tea" from December 2-31, 2013 ($60/person or $82 with champagne/sherry).

    Tree Lighting: December 2, 2013 at approximately 6 p.m.
    Address: Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
    Reservations for Tea and prime seating for Tree Lighting: Pricing begins at $79/adult and $45/child, and includes a champagne toast as well as a “mocktail” for our younger guests. 212-546-5300 or palmcourt@fairmont.com
     

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    The Holiday Market in Bryant Park.
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    Awaiting 2016 Update

    The Holiday Tree at Bryant Park is a 55' tall Norway Spruce decorated in over 30,000 LED lights and 3,000 custom ornaments. The annual tree lighting ceremony features musical and skating performances, and visitors can enjoy free ice skating at Winter Village, as well as holiday shopping.

    Tree Lighting: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6 p.m.
    Address: Bryant Park near 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets