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Tonight: Tree Lightings at the NYSE and Madison Square Park

The NYSE tree via @PurseBlog

There are a lot of tree lightings around the city this season, including Bryant Park and Lincoln Square, and tonight we add two more to the list.

The NYSE and Madison Square Park tree lightings are actually some of the oldest tree lightings in the city, with traditions going back to 1923 for the NYSE tree and 1912 for the Madison Square Park tree! The Rockefeller Center tree is relatively new by those standards, since it began in 1933.

New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree Lighting

Stop by the stock exchange today around 2pm to catch the beginning of the celebration, but be sure to get there by 5pm to see Santa Claus and the lighting of the 53ft tree!

On Tuesday, Dec. 6 NYSE Euronext will expand its borders beyond NYX employees and members of the NYSE trading floor community to include tourists and New Yorkers for the 88th annual NYSE Christmas Tree lighting. The NYSE holiday tradition will extend throughout Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place beginning at 8 a.m. with Swiss Miss hot cocoa topped with Reddi-wip, courtesy of ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG), offered to passersby while carolers spread cheer throughout the day. At 5 p.m. Santa Claus will make an appearance, followed by the illumination of the NYSE Christmas Tree at 5:15 p.m.
- NYSE Euronext

Follow the NYSE tree on Twitter for more info throughout the season: @NYXmasTree

Madison Square Park Tree Lighting

Madison Square Park tree via @Rachelista

The Madison Square Park tree lighting will be tonight in the north plaza from 4:30pm to 6pm and will include gingerbread and hot apple cider along with music and events throughout the night.

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