85 NYC Christmas Tree Lightings and Menorah Lightings for 2023

Tree stand on Sixth at Carmine via AGBC

πŸŽ„ See you in Winter 2023! πŸŽ„

A cozy fireplace

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 for 85 Christmas tree lightings and menorah lightings across New York City. Nearly every neighborhood has a celebration of some kind β€” If you know 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!

2022 Update:
Due to an ongoing family illness, I will not be able to update this list for the 2022 season.
It takes weeks of work to track down updated info and document neighborhood celebrations, and it has been a difficult but cherished yearly tradition, but now life has made it impossible to keep the list updated.

Thank you for your understanding,
- Trace Gilton

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Hanukkah Menorah Lightings Christmas Tree Lightings

Amersfort Park Tree Lighting
Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Tree Lighting
Menorah Lighting at Chabad of Midtown
Ice Menorah on Fifth Avenue at Chabad of Midtown
Bronx Borough President Tree Lighting
Columbia University Tree Lighting
Astoria's Bohemian Hall Tree Lighting
Greenwood Park Tree Lighting
Historic Lott House Tree Lighting
Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting
Queens Botanical Garden Tree Lighting
Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting
Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting
Brooklyn Borough Hall Tree Lighting
Marion Street Park Association Tree Lighting
Alfred E. Smith Playground Tree Lighting
Lewis H. Latimer House Tree Lighting
Brower Park Tree Lighting
Hill Street Garden Tree Lighting
Lady Moody Triangle tree lighting
Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting
Chanukah on the High Line Menorah Lighting
Brooklyn Borough President Menorah Lighting
Chanukah Celebration at Chelsea Green
Windsor Terrace Menorah Lighting
Light Up MetroTech Tree Lighting
NYC Winter Lantern Festival
Zuccotti Park Trees
Holiday Under the Stars at Columbus Circle
Harlem Holiday Lights
'The Fifth Season' Lighted Sculptures on Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn Botanic Lightscape
Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
Mall at Bay Plaza Tree Lighting
Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting
'GLOW' Light Display at the NY Botanical Garden
Park Slope Fifth Ave Tree Lighting
Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting
Seaport District Ice Menorah
Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting in Grand Army Plaza
World's Largest Menorah
Abingdon Square Menorah
StuyTown Menorah Lighting
Luminaries at Brookfield Place
Staten Island Borough Hall Menorah Lighting
Victory Boulevard Tree Lighting
StuyTown Christmas Tree Lighting
New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Dumbo Tree Lighting
Central Park Floating Trees
Richmond Road Tree Lighting
Shore Road Park Tree Lighting
Grand Menorah at Carl Schurz Park
Casita Maria Parranda
Fort Hamilton Holiday Market and Tree Lighting
Conference House Grand Illumination
Roosevelt Island Holiday Trail
Maspeth Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting
Dyker Heights Investors Bank Tree Lighting
St. Nicholas Day
West Harlem Piers Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting
Morningside Park Tree Lighting
Park Slope Fifth Avenue Menorah Lighting
Astoria Park Tree Lighting
Morningside Park Conservancy Tree Lighting
Lincoln Square Tree Lighting
Park Avenue Tree Lighting
Bryant Park's Winter Village Tree Lighting
Dyker Heights Community Tree Lighting
Washington Square Park Tree Lighting
Marcus Garvey Park tree lighting
Madison Square Park Tree Lighting
Abingdon Square Tree Lighting
Holidays on the Avenue
Rockaway Beach Tree Lighting
Riverbank Park Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting
Tompkins Square Park Tree Lighting
Jerome Glenmore Cornerstone Garden
Jackie Robinson Park Tree Lighting
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
New Dorp Tree Lighting and Festival
Westerleigh Park Christmas Tree Lighting
Unsilent Night Boombox Procession


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Amersfort Park Tree Lighting

East 38th and Avenue I, Flatlands, Brooklyn

Amersfort Park tree lighting via Friends of Amersfort Park

Bring a homemade ornament and join the neighborhood at the 10th annual tree decorating party in 2023. 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.

Friends of Amersfort Park Get directions ↗️

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Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Tree Lighting

545 60 Street in Sunset Park, Sunset Park

Sunset Park tree via Sunset Park 5th Avenue BID

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!

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Menorah Lighting at Chabad of Midtown

Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown on Fifth Avenue at 42nd, Midtown

Nightly lightings of the menorah at Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown, with a special ice sculpture menorah and celebration on the fourth night!

www.chabadmidtown.com

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Ice Menorah on Fifth Avenue at Chabad of Midtown

Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown on Fifth Avenue at 42nd, Midtown

Ice menorah via Golda on Flickr

This menorah will be carved from blocks of ice! On the fourth night of Hanukkah at Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown, the candles will be lit on this special ice menorah, so hopefully it won't be an unusually warm December this year! There will be music, dancing, latkes, and doughnuts. Also stop by the same location for candle lightings every night of Hanukkah.

www.chabadmidtown.com

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Bronx Borough President Tree Lighting

Lou Gehrig Plaza at 161st Street and Grand Concourse, Grand Concourse

Bronx Borough tree 2018 via Office of Ruben Diaz Jr.

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!

NYC.gov

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Columbia University Tree Lighting

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!

www.college.columbia.edu

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Astoria's Bohemian Hall Tree Lighting

29-19 24th Avenue at 29th Street, Astoria

bedecked beer garden via duluoz cats on Flickr

Family fun with hot chocolate and cookies as the tree is lit in the historic Bohemian Hall Beer Garden located in north Astoria / Ditmars.

bohemianhall.com

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Greenwood Park Tree Lighting

555 Seventh Ave, South Slope, South Slope

Join along with the neighborhood in 2023 at the 15th 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.

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Historic Lott House Tree Lighting

1940 East 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11234, Marine Park, Brooklyn

Lott House tree via Hendrick I. Lott House

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!

Facebook Get directions ↗️

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Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting

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.

www.historicrichmondtown.org

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Queens Botanical Garden Tree Lighting

43-50 Main Street, Flushing, Queens

Crafts, caroling, choir music, and photos with Santa at the botanical garden. Events throughout the day with tree lighting at 5pm.

Queens Botanical Garden

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Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting

Northwest Plaza at Myrtle Avenue and St. Edwards Street, Fort Greene

Fort Greene Tree via Daniel Avila / Fort Green Park

Cocoa, cookies, Santa, and music at this annual neighborhood tree lighting, celebrating its 10th year in 2023!

Fort Greene Park Get directions ↗️

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Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting

86th Street at East End Avenue, Upper East Side

Candlelit caroling and choir singing with candy canes and hot cocoa!

Carl Schurz Park

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Brooklyn Borough Hall Tree Lighting

Joralemon Street at Court Street, Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Borough Hall via Jeffrey Bary on Flickr

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.

www.brooklyn-usa.org

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Marion Street Park Association Tree Lighting

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.

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Alfred E. Smith Playground Tree Lighting

80 Catherine Street, Two Bridges, Manhattan

The Al Smith Holiday Celebration will bring arts and crafts, a choir singing carols, and hot cocoa to the Alfred E. Smith recreation center.

NYC Parks Department

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Lewis H. Latimer House Tree Lighting

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.

latimernow.org

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Brower Park Tree Lighting

Prospect Place and Kingston Avenue, Crown Heights

The neighborhood tree lighting in Brower Park, with singing and refreshments!

www.friendsofbrowerpark.org Get directions ↗️

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Hill Street Garden Tree Lighting

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.

NYC Parks Department

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Lady Moody Triangle tree lighting

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!

NYC Parks Department

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Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting

The Big Park, Continental Place and Grandview Avenue, Mariners Harbor, Staten Island

Come meet Santa in the newly-renovated Big Park! There will be friends, fun, and a toy giveaway for kids 1–12 years old.

Facebook

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Chanukah on the High Line Menorah Lighting

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.

www.nyhebrew.org

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Brooklyn Borough President Menorah Lighting

1268 East 14th Street, Brooklyn, Ohel Jaffa Family Campus in Midwood

Light the menorah with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition.

www.brooklyn-usa.org

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Chanukah Celebration at Chelsea Green

140 West 20th Street, Chelsea

Latkes, doughnuts, crafts, chocolate gelt, and watch a 5-foot menorah be carved from a block of ice!

www.nyhebrew.org

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Windsor Terrace Menorah Lighting

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!

www.jewishwindsorterrace.org

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Light Up MetroTech Tree Lighting

MetroTech Commons, Flatbush Ave at Myrtle St, Downtown Brooklyn

Christmas Eve stroll through Metrotech via Dave Pinter

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!

Brookfield Arts

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NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Snug Harbor

Panda lantern 2019 via NYC Winter Lantern Festival

See large sculptures lit from within! These are "lanterns" in name only, and are actually light-up works of art that are welded together and hand-painted!

What was once a single installation has expanded for 2021 and will be displayed at Snug Harbor on Staten Island, the Queens County Farm Museum, and the Nassau County Museum of Art! There will be drive-through and walk-through displays, music, holiday lights, and intricate 3-dimensional projections. Check the official website for times and locations of the three displays.

www.nycwinterlanternfestival.com Get directions ↗️

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Zuccotti Park Trees

Liberty Street and Trinity Place, Financial District

Zuccotti Park trees via MusikAnimal on Wikipedia

Zuccotti lights up for the holidays, creating a bright and cheery location to take a rest or take some photos! The park's trees are wrapped in white lights and extra Christmas trees have been added during recent years. The bright trees combine with the park's unique lighted floor to create a whimsical scene.

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Holiday Under the Stars at Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle, Upper West Side

Columbus Circle Stars via Wally Gobetz on Flickr

The stars hanging in the atrium of the Shops at Columbus Circle are an iconic holiday attraction! The display includes 12 stars that are 14 feet tall and lit in bright colors. From 4pm to 7pm each day, the stars put on a 30 minute light show, so you can take a rest from shopping and make a wish upon a star!

www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com Get directions ↗️

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Harlem Holiday Lights

125th Street at Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem

Caravan of Lights via 125th Street BID on Twitter

The decorations displayed along the 125th Street shopping corridor in Harlem will be lit up along with a spectacular parade! The Caravan of Lights will drive through the area playing music from light-up floats to ring in the holiday season and light the lights arching above the streets for the 30th year in 2023!

The route begins on 125th Street and loops down to Central Park before heading back north along Malcolm X Boulevard.

harlemlightitup.vamonde.com

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'The Fifth Season' Lighted Sculptures on Fifth Avenue

Fifth from 51st to 59th, Midtown

Fifth Avenue Sculptures via Liz Ligon / Fifth Avenue Association

Stroll down Fifth and see some gigantic toys! These lighted sculptures are a fantastic outdoor decoration to make the season bright and provide a fun outdoor photo op to keep the holidays safe. New for 2021 will be a sparkling display at Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza where you'll find penguins and icebergs visiting for the holidays! β›²

The display stretches along Fifth Avenue from 51st to 59th, with overside sculptures of Santa's mailbox, a teddy bear, Christmas tree delivery truck, a snowman in an airplane, a hot-air balloon, a dreidel, a pile of presents, a puzzle cube at 57th, a jolly Checker cab, and an overflowing toy box!

fifthavenue.nyc Get directions ↗️

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Brooklyn Botanic Lightscape

990 Washington Ave, Prospect Heights

Flower display via Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Garden grounds are lit all through the holidays! Follow the one-mile-long path through the garden and you'll see over 1 million lights! Colorful LED lights wash the trees in technicolor, archways of lights create the perfect social media photos, and the Sea of Light puts on an animated light show.

www.bbg.org Get directions ↗️

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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights

Bronx Zoo, West Farms, Bronx

Holiday Lights via Bronx Zoo

The Lights are back again, and this year the display is spread out across a larger part of the zoo to accommodate social distancing. The increased size of the display also brings more light-up animals! There will be 79 new lanterns for 2021, separated into regional areas that feature animals grouped together by their native region of the world.

Just like Boo at the Zoo in October, Holiday Lights will require tickets purchased in advance that are in limited supply to ensure the display doesn't get too crowded at once. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.

In addition to the animal-shaped lanterns, there will be music, ice carving, costumed characters, stilt walkers, an animated LED tree, and seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores.

Check the Bronx Zoo website to view the full schedule and buy tickets.

Bronx Zoo

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Mall at Bay Plaza Tree Lighting

Bay Plaza mall at Baychester Ave, Co-Op City

Bay Plaza Mall tree 2019 via mallatbayplaza

The big tree at Bay Plaza lights up pretty early, but that means Santa can make a personal appearance! There will be music, dancing, giveaways, and a performance by a drumline! 2023 will be the 6th annual lighting at the mall.

Stop by the mall next morning and have breakfast with Santa, beginning at 9am on November 20th (free tickets required)

mallatbayplaza.com Get directions ↗️

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Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10458, Fordham

Folks flow under a replica Hell Gate Bridge in 2019 via Wally Gobetz

Take a whirlwind tour through all of NYC's landmarks in miniature botanical form! The NY Botanical Garden has replicated many of New York's charms out of natural materials to construct a train set that travels between 175 NY locations! Will you be able to name them all as you explore the display?

Locations all across the garden are decorated with holiday displays, lit with thousands of LED lights and washes of color to create a joyous attraction.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are assigned for timed entry to ensure the outdoor walking route isn't overcrowded.

www.nybg.org Get directions ↗️

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Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting

Atlantic Ave at Bond Street at St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, Boerum Hill

Caroling, a visit from Santa, neighborhood announcements, music, food, and tree lighting ceremony!

atlanticave.org Get directions ↗️

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'GLOW' Light Display at the NY Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10458, Fordham

See the NY Botanical Gardens as you've never seen them before! Locations all across the garden are decorated with holiday displays, lit with thousands of LED lights and washes of color to create a joyous attraction.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are assigned for timed entry to ensure the outdoor walking route isn't overcrowded.

www.nybg.org Get directions ↗️

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Park Slope Fifth Ave Tree Lighting

Fifth Avenue and 4th Street, Park Slope

Tree and tree via Park Slope Fifth Avenue

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 every Saturday in December, so stop by Fifth Ave between Dean and 18th to see his sleigh!

parkslopefifthavenuebid.com Get directions ↗️

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Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting

East 188th Street and Arthur Avenue, Belmont, Bronx

Hot chocolate, italian cookies, and a visit from Santa in Ciccarone Park!

www.bronxlittleitaly.com

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Seaport District Ice Menorah

25 Fulton Street, South Street Seaport

Celebrate Hanukkah at the Seaport, where the carved ice menorah will be lit! There will be latkes, sufganiyot, cotton candy, popcorn, balloon twisting, facepainting, and even the dreidel mascot!

theseaport.nyc Get directions ↗️

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Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting in Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza at the northwest corner of Prospect Park, Park Slope / Prospect Heights

Mayor de Blasio lights the largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza (2016) via Edwin J. Torres / Mayoral Photo Office

The famous giant menorah has been lighting the night every Hanukkah since 1985! Everyone is welcome at the 38th annual lighting for 2023, with presents for children, hot latkes, and live music.

Chabad of Park Slope Get directions ↗️

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World's Largest Menorah

Fifth and 59th, Midtown

World's largest menorah installation via Itzik Roytman / Chabad.org

The 4,000 pound, 36ft tall menorah sits in the heart of Manhattan, right across from the Plaza hotel and Central Park at Grand Army Plaza! Daily lighting times are earlier on Fridays and later on Saturdays during Hanukkah.

NYC Parks Department Get directions ↗️

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Abingdon Square Menorah

Eighth Avenue at West 12th Street, West Village

Abingdon Square and the Chabad of West Village will host a menorah lighting each night of Hanukkah

Abingdon Square Conservancy Get directions ↗️

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StuyTown Menorah Lighting

The Oval at the Stuyvesant Town apartment complex, East Village

Live music, coffee, hot cocoa, cookies, and latkes!

Stuy Town Get directions ↗️

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Luminaries at Brookfield Place

West Street at Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan

Luminaries via Arts Brookfield

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. New for 2021, you'll even be able to conduct a symphony of light using a special instrument to control the lights while music plays!

bfplny.com Get directions ↗️

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Staten Island Borough Hall Menorah Lighting

10 Richmond Terrace, St. George

See the menorah lit at the borough hall on the first night of Hanukkah

StatenIslandUSA.com Get directions ↗️

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Victory Boulevard Tree Lighting

Victory Blvd at Westcott Blvd, Westerleigh, Staten Island

Victory Blvd tree lighting flyer 2021 via SIEDC

Stop by Victory Boulevard to see the tree! This neighborhood tree lighting brings an evening of entertainment with Christmas carols and an opportunity for a photo with one of Santa's helpers!

www.siedc.org Get directions ↗️

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StuyTown Christmas Tree Lighting

The Oval at the Stuyvesant Town apartment complex, East Village

Hot cocoa, apple cider, and Christmas cookies with live music!

Stuy Town Get directions ↗️

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New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting

Wall Street and Broad Street, Financial District

NYSE christmas tree
NYSE tree via pburka on Flickr

One of the longest-running events, 2023 will be the 100th annual NYSE tree lighting! Standing outside the famous stock exchange building, 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.

New York Stock Exchange Get directions ↗️

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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 49th Street, Midtown

Rockefeller Center tree via baaelectronics on Flickr

The biggest tree in NYC has been lighting up Rockefeller Center for 91 years as of 2023! 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 celebration in person.

The tree for 2021 is a 78 foot tall, 85 year old Norway spruce from Elkton, Maryland, about 3 hours south of the city.

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 usually on display nightly until the middle of January.

Rockefeller Center Get directions ↗️

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Dumbo Tree Lighting

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, Dumbo

Dumbo tree lighting via Dumbo BID

2023 will be the 19th 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.

Dumbo, Brooklyn Get directions ↗️

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Central Park Floating Trees

Harlem Meer at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park

Central Park-Harlem Meer, 12.21.13 via gigi_nyc on Flickr

See some trees set sail on the Harlem Meer at the 27th annual flotilla of trees! Christmas trees with LED lights are floated onto the Harlem Meer for the holiday season, and this sundown celebration takes place as they are lit on the first night. There will be singing and ice carving demonstrations before the trees make their debut. If you'd like to see the trees, feel free to visit the park any night during December.

Central Park Conservancy Get directions ↗️

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Richmond Road Tree Lighting

1639 Richmond Road, Todt Hill, Staten Island

Richmond Road tree lighting flyer 2021 via SIEDC

This neighborhood celebration brings fun for the whole family to Richmond Road! 2023 will be the 8th annual festival outside Casale Jewelers on Richmond Road in Todt Hill, and it brings Christmas carols, raffles, live reindeer, and an opportunity for a photo with one of Santa's helpers!

www.siedc.org Get directions ↗️

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Shore Road Park Tree Lighting

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 along with carolers, music, and snacks.

City of New York Get directions ↗️

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Grand Menorah at Carl Schurz Park

Carl Schurz Park promenade at 86th Street and the East River, Upper East Side

Chanukah in the Park via Chabad Upper East Side

Enjoy some food and listen to the children's singalong before the menorah is lit at 6:30pm.

www.chabaduppereastside.com Get directions ↗️

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Casita Maria Parranda

Southern Boulevard and Tiffany Street, Hunts Point

A Christmas party hits the streets at Casita Maria! The fun begins at Hunts Point Library with live drum music and parade floats!

www.casitamaria.org Get directions ↗️

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Fort Hamilton Holiday Market and Tree Lighting

Fort Hamilton, Bayridge

Tree lighting 2019 via Fort Hamilton FMWR

A street fair, tree lighting, music, and a visit from Santa at the Ft. Hamilton military base! Photo time with Santa will be available and the event is free and open to the public, but you must register ahead of time.

hamilton.armymwr.com Get directions ↗️

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Conference House Grand Illumination

Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street, Tottenville, Staten Island

A dazzling display at the historic house that features a ceremonial illuminating of the lanterns, 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.

Shop from local merchants and take a photo with Father Christmas at the outdoor Colonial Christmas Winter Village or take a tour of the Conference House with a prior reservation.

conferencehouse.org Get directions ↗️

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Roosevelt Island Holiday Trail

Meditation Lawn, Roosevelt Island

Holiday Trail flyer 2021 via RIOC

Find some holiday bliss on Roosevelt Island with a community event and tree lighting! You can follow a holiday trail beginning at the ferry landing on the East side of the island where you'll find music, treats, and giveaways. The tree lighting will take place at 7pm on the Meditation Lawn

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Maspeth Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting

Maspeth Memorial Square, Maspeth

2010 tree lighting via Maspeth Chamber of Commerce

See the community tree in the plaza outside the Maspeth Federal Savings bank!

In addition to the tree lighting, you can stop by all Maspeth Federal Savings locations to drop off food and toys during events in November and December to benefit those in need.

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Dyker Heights Investors Bank Tree Lighting

7414 13th Avenue at Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, Dyker Heights

Investors Bank tree 2019 via NIA Brooklyn

Tour buses may flock to nearby Dyker Heights, but Investors Bank is bringing a bit of shine to the neighborhood with their own tree lighting! Stop by to see Santa, have some snacks, and enjoy live music and caroling.

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St. Nicholas Day

1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood

Celebrate with a trip back in time! The Vander Ende–Onderdonk House will be decorated for a festive Christmas, but this early-December holiday of Saint Nicholas Day is actually predates any American celebrations. Saint Nick has been known to visit children and leave a gift under their pillows or in their empty shoes. Check in with Nick and make sure you're on the list of good children before his annual visit, and grab some popcorn and roasted chestnuts while you're at it!

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West Harlem Piers Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting

Riverside Park at West 130th Street, Harlem

Harlem Piers tree 2011 via Kristen Artz/NYC Mayor's Office

Make some decorations for the tree while listening to music and sipping some hot cocoa!

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Morningside Park Tree Lighting

West 120th Street, Harlem / Morningside Heights

Morningside Park tree via Friends of Morningside Park

Live chamber music and a brass band will fill the park with festive vibes while the tallest evergreen tree in the park shines on Winter Solstice! There will be hot cider, cookies, and doughnuts available.

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Park Slope Fifth Avenue Menorah Lighting

J.J. Byrne Playground, Park Slope

Celebrate the final night of Hanukkah with the Park Slope community! There will be games, snacks, doughnut decorating, latkes, and music.

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Astoria Park Tree Lighting

19th Street and 23rd Avenue, Astoria

2023 will be the 11th 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!

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Morningside Park Conservancy Tree Lighting

West 113th Street, Harlem / Morningside Heights

Sing carols and have some hot chocolate at the park's second tree lighting!

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Lincoln Square Tree Lighting

Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street, Upper West Side

Winter's Eve 2017 via Lincoln Square BID

Previously known as "Winter's Eve", the Lincoln Square celebrations are back with multiple displays and events! The tree will be lit in Dante Park and decorated with ornaments from local businesses. A lighting installation called "Tumbling Brights" can be seen along Broadway Mall through January. This year, Frank London and the Klezmer Brass Allstars will perform at the tree lighting and Tanya Turgeon and the Department of Spectacle will put on a juggling show!

Check the Lincoln Square BID's website for even more performances throughout the season.

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Park Avenue Tree Lighting

Park Avenue at 91st Street, Upper East Side

NYC Holiday 2014: Helmsley Building via gigi_nyc on Flickr

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 trees arrive in early November and are installed, then the tree lighting ceremony takes place outside Brick Presbyterian Church at 91st Street, and 2023 will be the 78th annual lighting!

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Bryant Park's Winter Village Tree Lighting

Bryant Park at 42nd Street and Sixth Ave, Midtown

Bryant Park tree 2017 via Matt Kieffer

The Winter Village brings free ice skating, an open-air marketplace, and a restaurant that looks like an ice castle to Bryant Park. To bring life to this wintery wonderland, there will be live performances, fireworks, and the lighting of the tree!

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Dyker Heights Community Tree Lighting

Dyker Park at 86th street and 14th Avenue, Dyker Heights

Santa in Dyker Park 2019 via NIA Brooklyn

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.

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Washington Square Park Tree Lighting

Washington Square Park Arch, West Village

Christmas Arch via Rich Mitchell on Flickr

Come see the 45ft tree light up under the Washington Square Park arch β€” There will be caroling, a brass band, and a visit from Santa! Stop by again on Christmas Eve for a special time of caroling under the Arch.

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Marcus Garvey Park tree lighting

124th and Fifth Ave, Harlem

Marcus Garvey Park trees 2020 via MGPA

The community comes together for a special performance before lighting the tree in Marcus Garvey Park! Enter the park at the northern edge at Fifth Avenue

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Madison Square Park Tree Lighting

Northeast corner of Madison Square Park at Madison Ave and 26th Street, Flatiron

Christmas Tree at Madison Square Park, December, 2014 via Jeffrey Zeldman on Flickr

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 in 1912, so 2023 will be the 111th year a tree has been displayed in the park!

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Abingdon Square Tree Lighting

Eighth Avenue at West 12th Street, West Village

Abingdon Square Tree Lighting via Abingdon Square Conservancy

Caroling, cookies, and hot cocoa come to Abingdon Square in 2023 for the 10th annual tree lighting! Bring your camera and you may catch a glimpse of Santa when he visits πŸŽ…

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Holidays on the Avenue

Rufus King Park, Jamaica

Holidays on the Avenue flyer 2021 via Cultural Collaborative Jamaica

A full day of fun awaits kids at Rufus King Park and the King Manor Museum! There will be ornament making, story readings, arts & crafts, and presents, then the tree lighting in the park. Register ahead of time to ensure your child has a guaranteed reservation for the workshops and giveaway.

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Rockaway Beach Tree Lighting

Parking lot at Beach 94th & Shore Front Pkwy, Rockaway

The Rockaway tree shines bright at the beach! There will be arts & crafts, kiddie rides, and hot cocoa.

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Riverbank Park Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting

Riverside Drive and 145th Street, Harlem

An ice skating show at the rink at Riverbank State Park will bring along Santa for a tree lighting! The rink is covered, but outdoors, so be prepared for a chilly visit depending on the weather.

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Tompkins Square Park Tree Lighting

Southeast corner of the Central Lawn, East Village

Tompkins Square tree-lighting (2011) via Salim Virji on Flickr

The East Village neighborhood tree will come to life with twinkling lights! 2023 will be the 32nd annual tree lighting in Tompkins Square. There will be live music, caroling, and refreshments.

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Jerome Glenmore Cornerstone Garden

316 Jerome Street, East New York

This community tree lighting in the garden will feature hot chocolate and gingerbread house building!

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Jackie Robinson Park Tree Lighting

146th Street and Bradhurst, Central Harlem

The Parks Department will light a tree in the park for the community to enjoy!

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Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

86th Street and Eleventh Avenue, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

Dyker Heights via Peter Burka on Flickr

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.

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New Dorp Tree Lighting and Festival

New Dorp Lane and 9th Street, New Dorp, Staten Island

New Dorp Christmas Fest flyer 2021 via New Dorp Lane District

New Dorp's tree lighting event brings giveaways from local merchants, a train ride, costumed characters, and a photo booth with Santa!

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Westerleigh Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Maine Avenue and Willard Avenue, Westerleigh, Staten Island

Westerleigh tree 2017 via Westerleigh Parks Coalition

Hear some holiday tunes at Westerleigh Park from the Susan Wagner High School band and chorus! Feel free to bring ornaments to hang on the tree and baked goods to share!

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Unsilent Night Boombox Procession

Washington Square Park arch, Greenwich Village

Unsilent Night 2008 via anjuli_ayer

If you hear a subway train screeching past your door this December, it may be the sound of the Unsilent Night procession! Celebrated since 1992, this holiday tradition is a public performance of New York composer Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night", an avant-garde piece of music that is performed by playing four separate tracks on many boomboxes held by participants.

Bring your own stereo, download the mp3, or use a boom box from Phil's private collection and join the parade that begins in Washington Square Park and marches to Tompkins Square Park. Although NYC is the flagship event, the performance has spread across the country and the world, with 30 performances planned for 2021.

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