NYC Christmas Tree Lightings and Menorah Lightings for 2020
Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations in NYC
🎄 See you in Winter 2020! 🎄
The lights are dimming and the decorations are being taken down, but you can plan on our guide being updated for next year's celebrations. Check the list below of 50 Christmas tree lightings and menorah lightings across New York City. Nearly every neighborhood has a celebration of some kind — If you know of one we've missed or if you have a photo you'd like to share, send us an email or leave the details in the comments below!
12/15: Amersfort Park Tree Lighting
11/29: Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Tree Lighting
11/30: Park Slope Fifth Ave Tree Lighting
11/30: Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting
12/1: New Dorp Tree Lighting and Festival
12/2: Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
12/3: Luminaries at Brookfield Place
12/4: Light Up MetroTech Tree Lighting
12/4: Dyker Heights Community Tree Lighting
12/4: StuyTown Christmas Tree Lighting
12/4: Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
12/5: New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting
12/5: Madison Square Park Tree Lighting
12/5: Dumbo Tree Lighting
12/5: Bronx Borough President Tree Lighting
12/5: Central Park Floating Trees
12/5: Columbia University Tree Lighting
12/5: Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting
12/5: Bryant Park's Winter Village Tree Lighting
12/5: Shore Road Park Tree Lighting
12/5: Dyker Heights Investors Bank Tree Lighting
12/6: Astoria's Bohemian Hall Tree Lighting
12/6: Abingdon Square Tree Lighting
12/6: Conference House Grand Illumination and Lantern Walk
12/7: Greenwood Park Tree Lighting
12/7: Historic Lott House Tree Lighting
12/7: West Harlem Piers Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting
12/8: Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting
12/8: Queens Botanical Garden Tree Lighting
12/8: Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting
12/8: Astoria Park Tree Lighting
12/8: Tompkins Square Park Tree Lighting
12/8: Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting
12/8: Park Avenue Tree Lighting
12/9: Washington Square Park Tree Lighting
12/11: Brooklyn Borough Hall Tree Lighting
12/14: Marion Street Park Association Tree Lighting
12/15: Lewis H. Latimer House Tree Lighting
12/15: Brower Park Tree Lighting
12/15: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
12/18: Hill Street Garden Tree Lighting
12/20: Lady Moody Triangle tree lighting
12/21: Westerleigh Park Christmas Tree Lighting
12/22: Seaport District Ice Menorah
12/22: Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting in Grand Army Plaza
12/22: Chanukah on the High Line Menorah Lighting
12/22: StuyTown Menorah Lighting
12/23: Brooklyn Borough President Menorah Lighting
12/23: Chanukah Celebration at Chelsea Green
12/29: Windsor Terrace Menorah Lighting
East 38th and Avenue I — Flatlands, Brooklyn
Bring a homemade ornament and join the neighborhood at the 5th annual tree decorating party. There's no need to chop down any trees, because a 28-foot Norwegian Spruce lives in the park all year long. There will be music, caroling, and refreshments.
545 60 Street in Sunset Park — Sunset Park
Not to be outdone by the Park Slope tree lighting, Sunset Park takes the prize for earliest tree lighting! The event takes place outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help church at Fifth Ave and 60th Street and will feature music, goodie bags, and photos with an Elf riding the neighborhood trolley!
Fifth Avenue and 4th Street — Park Slope
One of the earliest tree lightings in the city! The celebration starts at 4pm with a carnival theme, featuring food, music, opera singing, stilt walkers, and an appearance by Santa. The tree will be lit at 6pm.
Santa will make more visits to Fifth Ave in Park Slope on December 1st.
Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street — Upper West Side
Called "New York's Largest Holiday Festival", Winter's Eve consistently brings out large crowds with food, music, performances, and a tree lighting. This year, Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes will perform at the beginning of the night and festivities will stretch almost 10 blocks along the Upper West Side.
West Street at Vesey Street — Lower Manhattan
An out-of-the-ordinary holiday display that lasts all season long! The Luminaries look like floating lanterns lit in a rainbow of colors covering the ceiling of Brookfield Place and will be on display every day with nightly light shows starting at 8pm. There will be food, ice skating, and caroling on the night of the lighting ceremony.
MetroTech Commons, Flatbush Ave at Myrtle St — Downtown Brooklyn
An evening of events ends with Santa lighting the tree at the MetroTech Commons! There will be live music and performances, hot cocoa and doughnuts, and an ice carving demonstration!
Dyker Park at 86th street and 14th Avenue — Dyker Heights
There's no shortage of decorations in Dyker Heights, but this is a special tree lighting just for the local community. Stop by the northeast corner of Dyker Park and celebrate with the locals while the tour buses churn through the famous stretch of Dyker Heights lights.
Rockefeller Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 49th Street — Midtown
The biggest tree in NYC! It's the 87th year for the Rockefeller Center Tree. All eyes are on the city when the tree is lit, but you'll need to stop by early to get some standing room in Rockefeller Plaza if you want to see the lighting in person. The tree for 2019 is a 77-foot tall Norway spruce from Orange County, NY, about 60 miles north of the city, that was brought down by truck to Rockefeller Plaza on November 9th. The tree is lifted into place early in November and surrounded by scaffolding as the 50,000 LED lights are installed. The night of the lighting is a huge event that is broadcast on TV, featuring ice skating, musical performances, and celebrity guests. Even if you are out of town during the holidays, you may still have time to see the tree as it is on display nightly until January 17th, 2020.
Wall Street and Broad Street — Financial District
One of the longest-running events, this is the 96th annual NYSE tree lighting. Standing outside the famous stock exchange building on Wall Street, the lighting ceremony features food, performances, and celebrity appearances. Where else could you see Santa alongside Clydesdale horses, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and the Harlem Globetrotters? The events begin in the afternoon before the stock exchange closing bell and the tree will be lit at 5pm.
Northeast corner of Madison Square Park at Madison Ave and 26th Street — Flatiron
The classic tree lighting that may be one of the oldest still celebrated in the city! Madison Square Park was the site of a public Christmas tree display in 1912 that began a grand new tradition that continues today with the lighting of the Madison Square Park tree.
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass — Dumbo
It's the 15th annual lighting of the tree lighting in Dumbo, which, not coincidentally, takes place down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass! There will be carols to sing, calypso music, hot cocoa and snacks, and a light show projected on the bridge! The season is about giving, so there will be places to donate unwrapped toys, coats, or non-perishable food.
Lou Gehrig Plaza at 161st Street and Grand Concourse — Grand Concourse
Join the Bronx Borough president's tree lighting celebration with hot cocoa, cookies, caroling, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and singing from the Renaissance High School Varsity Voices!
Harlem Meer at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue — Central Park
Stop by to see some trees set sail and say hello to Santa! For the 23rd year, Christmas trees with LED lights are floated onto the Harlem Meer for the holiday season and you can sing carols and drink hot cocoa at sundown as they are lit for the first night.
116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam — Morningside Heights
Hot beverages, caroling, acapella performances, and doughnuts at the tree lighting on College Walk on Columbia University's campus!
Bryant Park at 42nd Street and Sixth Ave — Midtown
The Winter Village brings free ice skating, an open-air marketplace, and a restaurant that looks like an ice castle to Bryant Park, and to bring to life this winter wonderland, there will be live performances that will end with fireworks and the lighting of the tree!
Shore Road Park Gazebo at 90th Street and Shore Road — Bay Ridge
Tour buses may flock to nearby Dyker Heights, but Bay Ridge has their own tree set up along the shore, with a view of the Verrazano! Stop by the Shore Road Park gazebo at 90th Street to light the neighborhood tree and enjoy the lights of the bridge.
Eighth Avenue at West 12th Street — West Village
Caroling, cookies, and hot cocoa come to Abingdon Square for the 6th annual tree lighting. Bring your camera and you may catch a glimpse of Santa when he visits!
H.H. Biddle House, Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street — Tottenville, Staten Island
A dazzling display at the historic H.H. Biddle House that features a ceremonial illuminating of the house with free cider and cookies. Keep the warm feeling alive by joining a walk around the park grounds after dark that will be lit with lanterns
555 Seventh Ave, South Slope — South Slope
Join along with the neighborhood at the 8th annual tree lighting in Greenwood Park! There will be photo opportunities, snacks, hot cocoa, and the lighting of a 33-foot-tall balsam fir tree! Note that Greenwood Park is a beer garden and event space, not a public park.
1940 East 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11234 — Marine Park, Brooklyn
Visit NYC's historic Dutch farmhouse Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn for a classic tree lighting with hot cocoa, cookies, music, and a visit from Sinterklaas!
Riverside Park at West 130th Street — Harlem
Make some decorations for the tree while listening to music and sipping some hot cocoa!
Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Road — Richmond Town, Staten Island
The tree lighting is at 5pm, but there is a full day of events planned throughout Historic Richmond Town, with carriage rides, mulled cider, music, and handmade gifts for sale. Tickets are required to enter the town: $10 for adults, $8 for children.
19th Street and 23rd Avenue — Astoria
The 7th annual tree lighting at Astoria Park's Great Lawn in Queens, near the base of the 59th Street Bridge, with popcorn, music, photos with Santa, and free pretzels!
Southeast corner of the Central Lawn — East Village
The East Village neighborhood tree will come to life with twinkling lights! This will be the 28th annual tree lighting in Tompkins Square. There will be live music, caroling, and refreshments.
Park Avenue at 91st Street — Upper East Side
There are quite a variety of tree lightings across the city, but Park Avenue may hold the record for the longest! The Fund for Park Avenue sets up more than 100 live trees along the Park Avenue median from 54th to 97th. The tree lighting ceremony takes place outside Brick Presbyterian Church at 91st Street.
Washington Square Park Arch — West Village
Come see the 45-foot tree light up for the first time under the Washington Square Park arch. There will be caroling, a brass band, and a visit from Santa. Stop by again on Christmas Eve for a special singalong.
Joralemon Street at Court Street — Brooklyn Heights
The Brooklyn Borough tree, in all its glory! The lighting takes place in the plaza behind Brooklyn Borough Hall and will feature refreshments and music.
Marion Street and Thomas S. Boyland Street — Ocean Hill, Brooklyn
Help trim the Marion Street tree with a homemade ornament! There will be hot cocoa, Christmas karaoke, and the lighting of the tree in Marion-Hopkinson Playground.
Leavitt Street at 137th Street — Flushing, Queens
The "Tinker Fest" tree lighting at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum features music, crafts, and a tree lighting at 5pm. Lewis Latimer was an inventor, so the museum is dedicated to giving children an opportunity to experiment with all kinds of scientific materials in the Tinker Lab.
86th Street and Eleventh Avenue — Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Not quite a single tree lighting, but an entire neighborhood lighting! The homes along 83rd to 86th Street and Eleventh to Thirteenth Avenue begin putting up massive Christmas displays right after Thanksgiving, but most displays will be up and running by December 15th. Make the trip south to Dyker Heights (near the Verrazzano Bridge) on any night from Thanksgiving to Christmas and experience one of the most spectacular light displays the city has to offer! It's best to visit on the weekends when most displays will be lit, and plan your visit beforehand to factor in travel time.
Hill Street and Tompkins Avenue — Clifton, Staten Island
Sip some hot cocoa and enjoy some snacks as the neighborhood lights the Hill Street tree! Local students will be providing decorations and lighting the tree. Hill Street Garden is Clifton in Staten Island, half-way between the ferry landing and the Verrazzano Bridge.
Avenue U and Van Sicklen Street — Gravesend
Even though Christmas is fast approaching, you can still find the holiday spirit late in the season at Lady Moody Triangle. There will be carol singing, sweets to eat, and one of the last changes to catch a glimps of Santa before Christmas!
Maine Avenue and Willard Avenue — Westerleigh, Staten Island
Come on down to Westerleigh Park and hear holiday tunes from the Port Richmond High School marching band and the P.S. 29 chorus. Feel free to bring ornaments to hang on the tree and baked goods to share!
Pier 17, 89 South Street — South Street Seaport
Celebrate Hanukkah on ice at the Seaport's ice-skating rink, where the carved ice menorah will be lit! There will be latkes, sufganiyot, cotton candy, popcorn, balloon twisting, entertainment, and even the dreidel mascot!
Grand Army Plaza at the northwest corner of Prospect Park — Park Slope / Prospect Heights
The famous giant menorah has been lighting the night every Hanukkah since 1985! Everyone is welcome at the lighting each night, with presents for children, hot latkes, and live music.
High Line Park at 15th Street and Tenth Avenue — Chelsea
Latkes, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels! Climb up on the High Line to see the grand menorah lighting. Enter at 14th Street and walk one block north.
Windsor Farms Market parking lot, 589 Prospect Avenue — Windsor Terrace
Annual community menorah lighting will feature a fire juggling performance, latkes, gifts for children, and the grand gelt drop by an FDNY fire truck!