Christmas Tree Lightings in New York City for Christmas 2021

Visiting the origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History is an annual tradition. Photo courtesy of AMNH
Visiting the origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History is an annual tradition. Photo courtesy of AMNH

Good news for the crowd-averse: You don't have to brave the commotion at Rockefeller Center to witness a fabulous Christmas tree lighting in New York City. We've rounded up a collection of local Christmas tree lightings that are much less crowded and every bit as lovely, from Brooklyn and Queens to the Bronx and everywhere in between. These community holiday celebrations are festive and (mostly) FREE, and there’s no need to stand on your car to glimpse the goings-on. 

Find more holiday lights and seasonal fun in our Guide to the Holidays.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, recommended ages, and rain (or snow!) dates.

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