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.

Places featured in this article:


American Museum of Natural History

Washington Square Park Carols online

Astoria Park Lawn

Morningside Park
upcoming events
(Tue Dec 21, 2021) Tree Lighting
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
SMÍSH GEMÍSH
The Jewish Museum - 11:30 AM Pick
Mishou Magazine Launch Party
Washington Square Park - 11:00 AM Pick
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