The most celebrated of Christmas trees, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, is a classic New York City destination.  Photo courtesy of Rockefeller Center
The most celebrated of Christmas trees, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, is a classic New York City destination. Photo courtesy of Rockefeller Center

Christmas Tree Lightings in New York City This Holiday Season

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 some 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. 

Click through to our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, recommended ages, and rain (or snow!) dates. Find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide.


American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY

Park Slope
Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Lincoln Square
Dante Park Broadway & 63rd Street , Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
New York, NY

South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Streets
New York, NY

Verdi Square
Broadway between 72 & 73rd Street
New York, NY

Washington Square Park
5th Avenue and Waverly Place
New York, NY

High Line Hotel
180 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY

Pearl Street Triangle
155 Water St, Between Pearl St and the Manhattan Bridge
Brooklyn, NY

Belarusian Church
401 Atlantic Avenue at the corner of Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues
New York, NY

Madison Square Park
23rd Street and Madison Avenue
New York, NY

NYSE
11 Wall St
NY, NY

St. Nicholas Park
West 135th Street Plaza and St Nicholas Ave
New York, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458

Astoria Park Lawn
24-02 19th St
Queens, NY

Fort Greene Park
100 Washington Park Corner of Myrtle Ave. and Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

Onderdonk House
18-20 Flushing Avenue
Queens, NY

Carl Schurz Park
East 86th Street and East End Avenue
New York, NY

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Riverbank State Park
145 Street @ Riverside Drive
New York, NY

Morningside Park
121 St and Morningside Ave
New York, NY