Good news for the crowd-averse: You don't have to brave the commotion of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting to witness a fabulous Christmas tree lighting in New York City. We've rounded up a collection of local NYC 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 Christmas tree lightings in NYC are festive and (mostly) FREE, and chock-full of kid-friendly fun beyond flipping the switch.
We've got more fun things to do this holiday season in our NYC Kids' Guide to the Christmas and the Holidays, including our list of 12 must-do holiday activities and our favorite holiday lights displays across the five boroughs.
Click through to our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, recommended ages, and rain (or snow!) dates.
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Places featured in this article:
South Street Seaport
Brooklyn Commons Park
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Queens Parade of Lights
207 Street Plaza
Carl Schurz Park
Washington Square Park
The Archway Under The Manhattan Bidge
Hendrick I Lott House - Marine Park
Carroll Park Carroll Gardens
Historic Tappen Park
Morningside Park - North Lawn