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The Definitive Guide To The Best Tree-Lighting Ceremonies In NYC This Year

By Bianca Bahamondes

The Definitive Guide To The Best Tree-Lighting Ceremonies In NYC This Year

NYC’s Christmas Trees will light up with some of the most festive holiday celebrations in the world starting this week!

There are few places on earth that inspire that magical kind of Christmas spirit like New York, and the city has already begun its holiday transformation. With the Saks Fifth Avenue window displays revealed, as well as those at Macy’s Herald Square, the only things left are the stunning tree lighting ceremonies that’ll completely illuminate the city.

Here are the events still taking place this year (as usual, be sure to practice social distancing and wear a face covering):

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Where: Rockefeller Plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets
  • When: Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holiday season… need we say more? Unfortunately no New Yorker will be able to witness the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in person this year. Instead, everyone will have to watch it on TV, via NBC. And though the tree has received some remarks on it’s rather ‘slimmer’ appearance, we have no doubt it will look incredible when it’s all dressed up!

Central Park Holiday Lighting

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  • Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
  • When: Thursday, December 3, 5:15 p.m.

The 24th Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park invites guests to enjoy hot cocoa with their recommended recipes, sing carols, and watch the dazzling flotilla of trees light up on their virtual countdown in the Harlem Meer! Ice-carving demonstrations will even premiere and they recommend stopping back after the ceremony to check out other festive video content!

Holiday on the Hudson

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  • Where: West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street
  • When: Saturday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the annual holiday tree lighting virtually this year! You can watch all of the seasonal festivities on their Facebook page!


Washington Square Park

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  • Where: Washington Square Park Arch
  • When: Monday, December 9, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

NYC’s 2nd Longest Running Tree will be illuminated on December 9th virtually this year. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will lead everyone in singing holiday songs as the beautiful 45-foot tree lights up in various colors. All are invited to sing yuletide carols during this 95-year-old tradition! The tree will remain lit from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. every day of the season. They are still searching for a partner to stream the event so stay on the lookout for more updates on where to stream coming soon.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Each year the Winter Village at Bryant park puts on a Tree Lighting Skate-tacular to kick off the holiday season. Further details of this year’s lighting are to be released in the upcoming weeks, but in the meantime make sure to shop around and ice-skate at New York City’s only free admission ice rink!

NYSE Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Closing Bell

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A tradition since 1923, The New York Stock Exchange 97th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place sometime in the next month. Stay tuned for further information on this historical event of the season.

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See also: You Can Buy Colorful Rainbow Christmas Trees At This Farm In New Jersey

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