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NYC Christmas Tree Lightings and Menorah Lightings

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If you're looking for a festive holiday mood, the end of November and beginning of December are your time to shine!

πŸŽ„ Updated for 2017! πŸŽ„

Our list below has Christmas tree lightings and menorah lightings for every night of the week - Know of another? Send us an email or leave the details in the comments below!

Park Slope

Saturday, November 26, 2017 – 6:30pm

One of the earliest tree lightings!

Park Slope at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 4th Street


Upper West Side

Monday, November 27, 2017 – 5:30pm to 9pm

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street


Luminaries at Brookfield Place

Wednesday, November 29, 2107

A light installation at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden that features glowing lanterns suspended from the ceiling.

Vesey Street along the Hudson River at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan


Rockefeller Center

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 7pm to 9pm

The big tree comes in with a big celebration to kick off the holiday season!

Rockefeller Plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues


New York Stock Exchange

Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 3pm to 6pm

The 94th lighting of the NYSE tree! Performances begin at 2:30pm, lighting is at 5pm.

Financial District at the corner of Broad Street and Wall Street, in front of the iconic NYSE building.


Central Park Floating Trees

Thursday, November 30, 2107 – 5:30pm

21st annual celebration with ice carving, singing, and those fun floating Christmas trees on Harlem Meer!

Inside Central Park at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue


Columbia University

Thursday, November 30, 2107 – 5:30pm to 7pm

Giveaways, acapella performances, and hot cocoa!

Low Plaza, in front of the iconic Columbia library at 116th and Broadway, Morningside Heights


Bryant Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 – 6pm

Free ice skating, an open-air marketplace, and a restaurant that looks like an ice castle make this tree lighting truly part of a winter wonderland!

Bryant Park's Winter Village at 42nd Street and Sixth Ave


Astoria's Bohemian Hall

Friday, December 1, 2017 β€” 7pm

The historic Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden will host a tree lighting with cookies and hot chocolate. Families are welcome!

29-19 24th Ave in Astoria, Queens


Abingdon Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 β€” 6pm

One of the newer tree lightings, this will be the fourth year for Abingdon Park in the West Village. Hot cocoa, cookies, and caroling!

Abingdon Park at Eighth Ave and West 12th, West Village


Atlantic Avenue

Friday, December 1, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm

Caroling, neighborhood announcements, and tree lighting ceremony!

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


Baisley Pond Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 β€” 4pm to 7pm

Food and live performances with tree lighting and sing-a-long at 6pm.

Baisley Pond Park at Rockaway Boulevard, Queens


Astoria Park

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 2pm to 5pm

Fifth annual tree lighting on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park in Queens, near the base of the 59th Street Bridge. Enter the park at 19th Street and 23rd Avenue.


Bronx Little Italy

Saturday, December 2, 2017 β€” 4pm to 6pm

Hot chocolate, italian cookies, and a visit from Santa!

Ciccarone Park at East 188th Street and Arthur Ave, Bronx


Fort Greene Park

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 4pm to 5:30pm

Free cocoa, cookies, and a visit from Santa! Bring a toy to benefit the Fort Greene SNAP & Whitman Resident Association's annual toy drive.

Fort Green, Brookyn at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park


Historic Richmond Town

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 11am to 7pm

Events begin at 11am and tree lighting is at 5pm.

Richmond Town, Staten Island near Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Road


Queens Botanical Garden

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Noon to 5:30pm

Events throughout the day with tree lighting at 5pm.

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens


Carl Schurz Park

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 5pm to 6pm

A choir and a brass band join this candlelit tree lighting.

Carl Schurz Park at East End Avenue and East 84th Street, Upper East Side


Park Avenue

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 6:30pm

Following a ceremony outside Brick Presbyterian Church at Park Avenue at 91st and Park, the 104 trees along Park Avenue from 54th to 97th Street will be illuminated!


Elmhurst

Monday, December 4, 2017 β€” 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Third annual tree lighting with caroling and a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in a park named after the poem's author!

Clement Clarke Moore Homestead park in Elmhurst, Queens


Luna Park Parachute Jump

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 β€” 4pm to 5pm

A new tradition! The first annual holiday lighting of the Luna Park Parachute Jump!

Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn


Seaport District

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Catch the South Street Seaport tree and a unique art installation this year beginning December 5th.

Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport, Manhattan


Brooklyn Borough Hall

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Christmas tree lighting is December 5, Menorah lighting is December 18.

Near the fountain in Columbus Park Plaza at Borough Hall β€” 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights


Staten Island Borough Hall

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:30pm

Christmas tree lighting is December 6, Menorah lighting is December 14.

The plaza outside Staten Island Borough Hall at 10 Richmond Terrace


Washington Square Park

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 6pm to 7pm

Near the arch at Fifth Ave and Waverly Place, Washington Square Park


Madison Square Park

Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 3:30pm to 5:30pm

The 105th lighting of the Madison Square Park tree! Events begin at 3:30pm and tree is lit at 4:55pm.

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


Historic Lott House

Friday, December 8, 2017 β€” 6pm

Visit NYC's historic Dutch farmhouse for a classic tree lighting.

Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn


Riverside Park Holiday on the Hudson

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Hot chocolate, crafts, and dancing.

125th Street along the Hudson in Riverside Park at the West Harlem Piers


Marcus Garvey Park

Monday, December 11, 2017 β€” 5pm to 6pm

5th Avenue and 124th Street, Manhattan


Prospect Park Menorah

Nightly from Tuesday, December 12 to Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Live music, latkes, and gifts for children.

A 32-foot-tall menorah shines bright all through Hanukkah, with lightings of a new candle each night!

  • Tuesday, December 12 β€” 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 13 β€” 6pm
  • Thursday, December 14 β€” 6pm
  • Friday, December 15 β€” 3:30pm
  • Saturday, December 16 β€” 7pm
  • Sunday, December 17, β€” 5pm
  • Monday, December 18 β€” 6pm
  • Tuesday, December 19 β€” 6pm

Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park, Park Slope, Brooklyn


Menorah at Chabad of Midtown Manhattan

Tuesday, December 12 to Tuesday, December 18, 2017

Candle lightings and events throughout Chanukah!

  • Tuesday, December 12 β€” 5pm
  • Wednesday, December 13 β€” 5pm
  • Thursday, December 14 β€” 5pm
  • Friday, December 15 β€” 3:45pm
  • Saturday, December 16 β€” 6pm β€” Ice sculpting at 4pm β€” Latkes, music, and doughnuts
  • Sunday, December 17, β€” 5pm
  • Monday, December 18 β€” 6pm β€” Ice sculpting at 4pm β€” Latkes, music, and doughnuts
  • Tuesday, December 19 β€” 5pm

In front of Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown β€” 509 Fifth Ave between 42nd and 43rd


Stuytown Menorah

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 β€” 6pm

Blessings, dancing, music, and donuts!

The Oval at Stuyvesant Town apartments in the East Village


Springfield Park

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 β€” 3pm to 6pm

Fifth annual tree lighting with hot cider and chocolate doughnuts!

Springfield Park in Springfield Gardens, Queens


Staten Island Borough Hall

Thursday, December 14, 2017 β€” 6:30pm

Menorah lighting is December 14, Christmas tree lighting is December 6.

The plaza outside Staten Island Borough Hall at 10 Richmond Terrace


Bay Ridge Menorah Parade

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A parade of cars with menorahs strapped to them will light up Bay Ridge!


Lewis H. Latimer House

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 1pm to 5:30pm

The "Tinker Fest" tree lighting at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum features music, crafts, and a tree lighting at 4:30pm.

34-41 137th Street in Flushing, Queens


Marion Street Park

Sunday, December 17, 2017 β€” 2pm to 5pm

Tree trimming where you can even bring your own ornament!

Marion-Hopkinson Playground in Bushwick, Brooklyn


Grand Menorah at Carl Schurz Park

Sunday, December 17, 2017 β€” 5:30pm

Live music, doughnuts, and latkes at this Upper East Side menorah lighting!

Carl Schurz Park at 86th Street and East End Ave, Manhattan


Chanukah on the High Line

Sunday, December 17, 2017 β€” 5pm

Food, crafts, and dreidels!

On the High Line at 15th Street, West Side Manhattan


Windsor Terrace Menorah

Sunday, December 17, 2017 β€” 4:30pm

Annual Community Menorah Lighting and Grand Gelt Drop!

Key Food Parking lot at 569 Prospect Ave, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn


Brooklyn Borough Hall

Monday, December 18, 2017 β€” 4:30pm

Menorah lighting is December 18, Christmas tree lighting is December 5.

Near the fountain in Columbus Park Plaza at Borough Hall β€” 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights


Menorah Lighting on Fifth

Monday, December 18, 2017 β€” 4:30pm

Doughnuts, latkes, and dreidels! Presented by 5th Avenue BID and Lullaby Baby in partnership with Chabad of Park Slope

JJ Byrne Park at Fifth Ave and 4th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn



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