Join friends and neighbors for crafts, carolers, sweet treats (gingerbread! hot chocolate from NYC's only Intelligentsia outpost!) and hot toddies. Santa and Mrs. Claus have even agreed to pose for selfies that sleigh (er, slay). The lights go online at 6 PM - and you won't have to battle the crowds in Midtown clamoring for a glimpse of that other tree lighting.
Trimmed in the front garden of the 1895 Collegiate Gothic building where Clement Clarke Moore wrote the classic poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," this year's 25-foot concolor fir boasts a technology theme, paying homage to West Chelsea's status as a world-renowned technology hub. (Last year's tree theme was vintage Christmas, honoring the hotel's storied history.) Brand new ornaments and sparkling LED lights complete the theme.