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Holiday Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

See NYC sparkle in winter! Enjoy New York City's holiday lighting ceremonies, including the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the American Museum of Natural History Origami Holiday Tree, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree, the world's largest Menorah, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square and so much more! 

Live entertainment, caroling, and pictures with Santa are all in store for you this holiday season in NYC.
New York City's holiday lights can be viewed throughout the holiday season, through early January.

Also enjoy our Holiday Lights Guided Motorcoach Tour or Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour through the end of December.
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2015 NYC Christmas Tree, Menorah, and Holiday Lighting Ceremonies & Events
(check back in fall 2016 to see dates for 2016 holiday lighting ceremonies in NYC)

Date: November 12-December 8, 2015, Star shows daily 5pm-midnight
One of the most popular holiday attractions in the Big Apple, “Holiday Under the Stars” at Time Warner Center features twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room. The stars are lit by the largest specialty crafted display of illuminated color mixing in the world. This must-see display is choreographed to festive tunes providing a holiday atmosphere unlike any other in New York. This year the lighting will coincide with the unveiling of the Astolat Dollhouse Castle, a museum-quality miniature structure appraised as the most valuable dollhouse in the world, which will kick off a world-wide tour to raise funds for multiple children’s charities at The Shops at Columbus Circle. The nine foot tall structure weighs 800 pounds was designed by famed  miniaturist Elaine Diehl with help from artisans from around the globe. The Castle, and a selection of 10,000 of its 30,000 interior fine art miniatures, will be on display at The Shops for the first time to the general public from November 12th through December 8th. More about the Astolat Castle.
Location: 10 Columbus Circle at 59th Street

Date: November 14, 2015, 5-6:30pm
Catch the spirit of the holiday season.  Enjoy an evening of magic as we flip the switch on the enchanted tree.  The first 500 to arrive receive a magic wand to help light the tree.  Enjoy live DJ Music, dancing, fun and games.
Tree Lighting takes place on Level 2, JCPenney Wing.
Children can also enjoy milk and cookies with Santa immediately following Tree Lighting. 

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show Date: November 21, 2015- January 18, 2016
Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks, along with a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound that features iconic replicas from the 1964 World's Fair. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on a quarter-mile of track.
Explore a winter wonderland across our 250 acres with special tours, musical performances, and activities for kids, plus take care of your gift list at Shop in the Garden. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind holiday outing!
Location: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY

Date: November 23, 2015-January 10, 2016
An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 40 years. This year's theme is "Mighty and Microscopic Life." The tree will be decorated with handmade origami models inspired by items in the permanent halls, current exhibitions, and Museum collections. Volunteers begin folding in March to complete the hundreds of creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Grand Gallery, near the 77th Street exit on the Museum's first floor

Date: November 28, 2015, 6:30pm
Enjoy a special tree lighting ceremony with music, treats, crafts, and more!
Live Music from Rolie Polie Guacamole featuring Amelia Robinson from Mils Trills, opera from 15 year old pop opera sensation Sarah Stevens, carolers Opera on Tap.
Treats include sugar Cookies from Du Jour Bakery, Hot Chocolate from The Chocolate Room, brownies from Le Pain Quotidien, popcorn from Popcorn Love.
Arts and Crafts with Puppetry Arts and Prospect Park YMCA.
Broadway Show Ticket giveaway and High 5 for the Holidays Shopping Bags; a Lighting Show from Positron!! Also bring your gently used coats to donate to the NY Cares Winter Coat Drive 2015. Don't forget Santa will be there too!!!
Location: Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue

Lincoln Square Winter's Eve 201516th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
Date: Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:30-9pm, Rain, snow, or shine!
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York’s largest holiday festival, will kick off on Monday, November 30 at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side’s only tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park on Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets.
THE CHAPIN FAMILY, featuring Tom Chapin, The Steve Chapin Band, The Chapin Sisters, and Jen Chapin will headline this year’s festivities. Enjoy Chop and Quench - the Fela! Band at 7pm in the Atrium.
This year’s 27 foot Concolor Fir comes from Domes Tree Farm located in Bliss, New York in partnership with I Love NY.
After the tree lighting, the event’s festivities continue all evening from Time Warner Center to 68th Street with more live music, outdoor food tastings, and fun for the whole family.
Location: The celebration begins with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street

Date: December 1, 2015, 7:30-7:45pm
Shining in the heart of New York City at 57th Street and Fifth, the UNICEF Snowflake is a special symbol for the world's most vulnerable children. It hangs as a reminder of UNICEF’s commitment to reach a day when zero children die from preventable causes. The evening’s namesake, The UNICEF Snowflake is a 3,300 pound, 28-foot ornament made up of 16,000 hand-cut Baccarat crystals that shines each holiday season over the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. The ornament - a beacon of hope, peace, and compassion for children everywhere – was donated to UNICEF by the Stonbely Family Foundation and its iconic architecture is courtesy of designer Ingo Maurer and Baccarat.
Location: The lighting event will take place at 57th Street and 5th Avenue in front of Bergdorf Goodman Department Store

Date: December 1, 2015, 5:15-6:30
Celebrate the holidays in the heart of Lower Manhattan! Join us for lively music and a sweet treat as we launch the festive season by illuminating the park with thousands of brilliant lights.
Location: Zuccotti Park, Broadway & Liberty Street

South Street Seaport Holiday Lighting
Date: December 1, 2015, 5-8pm
Join us for our 32nd Annual Seaport District Tree Lighting with special guest host Lauren Scala of NBC 4 New York. The lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season with a glorious 60 foot tree, live music performances by a cappella group the Mistletones, gospel youth group Livre', singer-songwriter Connell Cruise, the Mariners' Temple Baptist Church choir, American Idol winner Nick Fradiani and a special appearance by Santa.
5-8pm: Photos with Santa at Seaport Studios, 19 Fulton Street; 5pm: Mistletones pre show; 6pm: Showtime!
Security Notice: For the safety and comfort of all our guests, all backpacks and bags are subject to inspection upon entry. We recommend arriving without unnecessary items to expedite entry.
Location: South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton Street
Date: November 30, 2016, 7-9pm (lit until January 6, 2016)
Enjoy one of New York City's most celebrated events for over 80 years, and a world-wide symbol of the NYC holiday season - the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Be a part of the historic gala celebrations surrounding the televised annual Rockefeller Center tree lighting, including musical performances by today's hottest artists. Attend a private party inside Rockefeller Center with an incredible view of the Tree Lighting. Details on this Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party.
Location: Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Creche AngelChristmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: November 24, 2015-January 4, 2017
The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The brightly lit, twenty-foot blue spruce features eighteenth-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs hovering among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base. The installation will be set in front of the eighteenth-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with Christmas music in the background and daily lighting ceremonies.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street; the tree is on display in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Charles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central ParkCharles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central Park
Date: December 3, 2015, 5:30pm
Celebrate the season at our 19th Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park.  Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies.  The event concludes with lighting the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)

Atlantic Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting
December 4, 2015, 6-8pm
Watch the Christmas tree light up and enjoy treats and tunes.
Location: St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New YorkChristmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
Date: December 6, 2015, 5pm
We welcome you to share in the Christmas spirit, embracing Christmas present and Christmas Past. Experience nostalgia all through the Historic Village. At the end of the day we hope you take away the anticipation of a Christmas filled with PEACE, LOVE & JOY.  All these hallmarks of the holidays come early this year when Historic Richmond Town lights up the town on one of the most memorable nights of the holiday season!
Hosted by The Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town, experience a winter extravaganza that will offer shoppers unique holiday gifts and handmade decorations as they soak in the seasonal festivities. Ornaments, crafts, baked goods and Mrs. Claus' Attic Treasures will all be available in the Third County Courthouse.
Location: Staten Island Historical Society, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island
Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting CeremonyCarl Schurz Park Tree Lighting and Caroling and Menorah Lighting
Date: December 6, 2015, 5-6pm
A cherished, family tradition: carols, Cantori choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate... and an evening your family will cherish for years to come.
Location: Carl Schurz Park, East End and East 86th Street
Park Avenue Tree Lighting CeremonyThe Lighting of the Park Avenue Christmas Trees
Date: December 6, 2015, 6:30pm; lit through mid-January
The tradition of lighting trees on Park Avenue began seventy years ago when several Park Avenue families wanted a special way to honor those men and women who died in World War II. Today the illuminated trees – which appear on the Park Avenue Malls between 54th and 97th Streets – remain a symbol of peace and a reminder of the sacrifices made to attain it. The trees are traditionally lit on the first Sunday evening of December following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street) that serves as a reminder of the original meaning of the lights and a celebration of the holiday season. In the early days, the costs of the Tree Lighting were underwritten by just a few families but now this sparkling display is made possible each year by contributions The Fund for Park Avenue receives from the community.

Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street)

World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Date: December 6-13, 2015 at 5:30pm (3:30pm on Friday for the Sabbath, 8:30pm on Saturday)
Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world's largest menorah. Every night of Hanukkah, Grand Army Plaza showcases a 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound steel Menorah. Every evening during the holiday, a candle will be lit.
Location: Grand Army Plaza Manhattan, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting, Brooklyn
Date: December 6-13, 2015, 6pm
Each night of Hanukkah gather at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn to light the candles of the Menorah and some hot latkes, gifts for the children and live music.

Location: Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn - intersection of Vanderbilt and Flatbush Avenues

Madison Square Park Holiday LightingMadison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting 2015
Date: December 8, 2015, 3:30-5:30pm
Winter is around the corner and the Madison Square Park Conservancy is gearing up for its magical holiday celebration. Join us in celebrating as we honor over 100 years of holiday tree tradition in Madison Square Park. Festivities start at 3:30pm with the countdown to the illumination of the Tree of Light beginning at 5pm.
Location: Madison Square Park is located between Madison Ave. and 23rd St.

Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyWashington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: December 9, 2015; 6pm
The Christmas tree at Washington Square is a 90 year old tradition and the Washington Square Christmas tree lighting tradition is older than Rockefeller Center’s! The Washington Square Association provides the annual Christmas tree under the Arch that will be lit for the season between the hours of 4pm and 1am. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike sing holiday songs.  The multi-colored lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Santa Claus himself usually appears to lead the children in the illumination countdown. The Washington Square Association provides complimentary songbooks.  

Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting
Date: December 12, 2015, 4-6pm
Join us for our holiday tree lighting party. Celebrate the season with the local community, enjoy live music to sing and dance with, make holiday decorations and more.
Location: West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street
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