Best Christmas Trees in NYC
You’re on your way to NYC or maybe you are already in the City and want to find the best Christmas trees during your visit! Well in this list, find some of the best Christmas trees in NYC that you should definitely check out!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Best Christmas Trees in NYC
- Rockefeller Christmas Tree
- New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree
- South Street Seaport
- Washington Square Park
- Bank of America Winter Village Hosted by Bryant Park
- Lotte Christmas Tree
- Radio City Christmas Tree Decoration
- Fox Christmas Tree
- One Beacon Court Christmas Tree
- Madison Square Park
- American Museum of Natural History Origami Tree
- NYC Christmas Trees Wrap-up
Rockefeller Christmas Tree
Starting with the most famous of the NYC trees, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Did you know the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was in 1931? It was a 20-foot tree decorated by construction workers during the depression.
In 1933, they decided to make the Rockefeller Christmas Tree an annual tradition.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place the following Wednesday after Thanksgiving every year which is broadcasted.
The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is usually between 80-100 ft on average wrapped in around 5 miles of lights and has a new star topper is 9 ft. 4 inches! This beautiful star is covered in 3 million Swarovski crystals and weighs around 900 lbs!
This year’s tree is an 85-year-old tree coming in at 79 ft. tall Norway Spruce from Elkton, MD! It is 46 feet wide and weighs 12 tons!
During a visit, consider ice skating under the tree and enjoy the Saks Fifth Ave. Light show after 5 PM!
Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree
Another fabulous tree to add to your NYC Christmas Tree hunt is at the New York Stock Exchange!
This year is the 98th annual lighting! Each year they hold a line-up of performances during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Make sure to head down this way at night to get a glimpse of this epic Evergreen!
The NYSE Christmas Tree is located in front of the New York Stock Exchange at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets.
Address: 11 Wall Street New York, NY 10005
South Street Seaport
If you are looking for a more local experience, head down to the South Street Seaport to see their 60-ft. Norway Spruce Christmas Tree! This year is their 33rd annual tree lighting.
While there, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and even get reservations at The Greens Pier 17 cabins!
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park has always been one of my favorite places to visit during a visit to Manhattan.
Therefore, a trip to see their beautiful 45 ft. Christmas Tree under the Washington Sq. Arch should certainly be on your NYC itinerary! This year is the 97th annual lighting celebration!
Additionally, on Christmas Eve, December 24th, the park holds traditional caroling with musicians from 5 PM – 6 PM. If you would like to see the tree lit up, make sure to plan your visit between 4 PM – 1 AM.
Address: Washington Square, New York, NY 10012
Bank of America Winter Village Hosted by Bryant Park
Another staple in New York City during Christmas time is visiting the Bryant Park Winter Village. As you might have already guessed, they have a fantastic tree, along with a Christmas Market, lots of food vendors, an Ice Skating Rink, and more!
Some might even say it is Rockefeller Center Tree’s rival. It’s a great and festive area nonetheless. You will also be right next to the New York Public Library and close to Grand Central Terminal!
Bryant Park is located in Midtown between Fifth Ave. and Avenue of the Americas and between 40th and 42nd St.
Lotte Christmas Tree
One of the most beautiful artificial Christmas trees in Manhattan is located at the New York Palace Hotel. Not only is it a top NYC Christmas Instagram spot, but the hotel itself is stunning.
Update: This year (2021) the tree will not grace the Lotte Courtyard due to construction. Hopefully, it will be back up next year.
Address: 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
Radio City Christmas Tree Decoration
Another epic NYC Christmas tree is the iconic artificial tree above the Radio City Music sign! If you’re visiting during the holidays, you can’t miss this spot!
Additionally, you will also see the giant red ornaments and the Candy Canes across the street for epic NYC photo-worthy pictures!
Furthermore, you can enjoy seeing the Rockettes live. They even have a show open on Christmas day.
Address: 260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Fox Christmas Tree
Fox put up a lovely Artificial Christmas tree down the street from Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately, a man just recently lit this 50 Ft. Christmas tree on fire. Thankfully, Fox actually has replaced the tree, so it should still be worth seeing.
The tree is just about a block or 2 down from the giant red Christmas Ornaments.
One Beacon Court Christmas Tree
Another unique artificial Christmas tree to see in NYC is located at One Beacon Court Bloomberg Tower. I consider this tree off the beaten path of Christmas decoration hunting and generally will be less crowded.
Address: 731 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
Madison Square Park
This year marks the 109th annual Christmas Tree lighting at Madison Square Park. This beautiful square is located right next to the Flat Iron Building and the famous Eataly, which if you haven’t already checked out, you must!
Address: 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
American Museum of Natural History Origami Tree
One of the most unique NYC Christmas trees is the AMNH Origami tree which celebrates its 50th year. The Christmas tree stands at 13 ft. featuring 50 gold-colored models in celebration of the anniversary.
Additionally, the tree boasts over 1,000 additional origami pieces inspired by the new exhibit, Sharks.
NYC Christmas Trees Wrap-up
This covers some of the best NYC Christmas trees to see this holiday season. Have we missed any of your favorite NYC Christmas trees, or did you enjoy this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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