Rockefeller Center Tree
50th Street and Fifth Ave, (212) 332-7654
The Rockefeller Center Tree is a spectacular mountain of branches covered with around 5 miles of lights. The lighting ceremony takes place every year on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving and features an evening of celebrity guests and performers. On view daily through January 3rd from 5:30am to 11:30pm, all day on Christmas, and from 5:30am to 9pm on New Year's Eve.
Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport
At South Street Seaport, (212)SEA-PORT
The beautifully decorated Chorus Tree with thousands of white lights stands over 50 feet tall and will feature the St. Cecilia Chorus. This annual tradition has drawn millions of visitors worldwide to the historic financial district over the past 15 years. There will be six performances per weekend from November 23rd to January 1st. Performance times are Fridays at 6:00pm & 7:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm & 4pm. Performances last approximately 45 minutes each.
Metropolitan Museum Annual Christmas Tree
84th and Central Park West, (212) 535-7710
Tree and Neopolitan Baroque creche go on view around Thanksgiving. Tree lighting ceremony takes place every Friday and Saturday evening at 7pm.
New York Botanical Gardens Tree
New York Botanical Gardens, (718) 817-8700
Two of the most magnificent holiday events at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx-the annual Holiday Train Show and Holiday Reflections festival of lights, both at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory-raise the curtain November 23rd on six weeks of activities for children and adults.
Park Avenue Trees
Park Avenue from 97th Street to 48th Street
The cherry and hawthorn trees growing on the avenue were strung with lights beginning in 1982 as a celebration of Hanukkah. In more recent years, the memorial has expanded to involve and celebrate all faiths, while furthering the cause of peace and invoking reverence for those who have sacrificed their lives for the country. On the first Sunday in December, many New Yorkers of all ages come to Park Avenue and 91st Street to see performances give silent thanks in the very still night before the dedication and the lighting of two and a half miles of Memorial Trees.
Lincoln Center Tree
Broadway and 63rd Street, (212) 875-5108
Lincoln Center's annual tree lighting, a multi-cultural celebration of light, will take place in early December on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the event.
Central Park Holiday Lights
Charles a Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street near 5th Ave, (212) 860-1370
December in the Park wouldn't be complete without the Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration and Kwanzaa festivities.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Peace Tree
(110th St. and Amsterdam), (212) 316-7540
Commemorate the season of light with a stroll through the Cathedral to see Keith Haring's silver-toned triptych, and the giant Peace Tree, covered with 1,000 paper cranes.