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New York City's Top 9 Christmas Trees


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.

1. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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 2013
Lighting Ceremony: December 4, 2013
Tree Taken Down: January 7, 2014
Address: from 47th to 51st Sts. between 5th & 6th Avenues (Map)
Phone: 212-332-6868

More: Visitors Guide to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

2. Origami Christmas Tree at AMNH

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 the "Wild, Wicked and Wonderful" featuring origami inspired by the museum's "The Power of Poison" exhibit. They also have 2 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs lit up for viewing as well.

Tree Viewing Begins: November 25, 2013
Tree Comes Down: January 12, 2014
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
Phone: 212-875-5456

More: Visitors Guide to the Origami Christmas Tree at AMNH

3. Christmas Tree at the Met

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
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. Lighting ceremonies are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 4:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. The museum will be open on both Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) with lighting ceremonies at 4:30 p.m.
Tree Up: November 26, 2013
Tree Down: January 6, 2014
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Phone: 212-535-7710
More: Visitors Guide to the Christmas Tree at the Met

4. The Plaza Holiday Tree

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

5. Holiday Tree in Bryant Park

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 3, 2013 at 5 p.m. p.m.
Address: Bryant Park near 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets

6. NYSE Christmas Tree

2009 NYSE Christmas Treet

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.

7. Cathedral of St. John the Divine Peace Tree

Awaiting 2013 Update

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

8. Park Avenue Trees

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

9. Lincoln Square Christmas Tree

The 14th 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, December 2, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Address: 63rd St. & Broadway

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