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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, usually through early January.
 
Also enjoy a 4-hour Holiday Lights guided motorcoach tour
 
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2014
NYC Christmas Tree, Menorah, and Holiday Lighting Ceremonies & Events

Date: November 13, 2014-January 3, 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.
Location: 10 Columbus Circle at 59th Street

Date: November 17, 2014, 6pm
Please join us for a New York holiday tradition, the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake & Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Reveal.
Actress Kaci Walfall of The Lion King on Broadway, and Graham Montgomery currently performing in Kinky Boots on Broadway, will assist actress and UNICEF National Board Member, Tea Leoni, with the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake.
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

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Date: November 15, 2014- January 19, 2015
A must see New York tradition where enchanting model trains zip past popular landmarks under the twinkling glow of the magical Haupt Conservatory! Step into a city in miniature featuring more than 150 iconic buildings, all re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Marvel at G-scale trains 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 as they enliven this cherished holiday experience. The Artist's Studio showcases how visionary artist Paul Busse and his team craft these amazing small wonders. Real trains, real landmarks, real fun—only at NYBG!
Location: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY


Date: November 15, 2014, 5-6:30pm
Join us as we bring in the holiday season at our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Level 2, JCPenney Wing (Home Entertainment Area).  It's an evening of magic as we flip the switch on the enchanted tree.
The first 500 guests to arrive will receive a magic wand to help light the tree.  Enjoy music, dancing, fun, games and exciting prizes.
Children can also enjoy cookies and milk with Santa immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Date: November 24, 2014-January 12, 2014
An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. The tree will be decorated with handmade origami ornaments inspired by items in the permanent halls, current exhibitions, and Museum collections. Volunteers begin folding in July 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Creche AngelChristmas Tree and Neopolitan Baroque Creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: November 25, 2014–January 6, 2015
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. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.
The annual Christmas installation is the result of the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication of the late Loretta Hines Howard, who began collecting crèche figures in 1925 and soon after conceived the idea of combining the Roman Catholic custom of elaborate Nativity scenes with the tradition of decorated Christmas trees that had developed among the largely Protestant people of northern Europe. 
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street; the tree is on display in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:30pm
Enjoy a special tree lighting ceremony with music, treats, crafts, and more!
Location: C
orner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street

Lincoln Center Winter's Eve - Kinky Boots15th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square featuring Arlo Guthrie, Kinky Boots & Billy Porter
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:30-9pm, Rain, snow, or shine!
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York’s largest holiday festival! Legendary folk artist Arlo Guthrie and his family are coming back to headline the Dante Park Main Stage and help us celebrate the 15th Annual Winter’s Eve!
Arlo will be joined at the tree by Tony Award®-winner Billy Porter, star of the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots and the evening’s emcee; the tree lighting ceremony will also feature a performance from the Tony Award-winning musical, and EXPG Studio presented by the Professional Children’s School. And, in Winter’s Eve tradition, WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa, will be on stage to lead the tree-lighting countdown, broadcast live on Channel 7.
This year’s 25 foot Balsam Fir comes from Balsam Acres Tree Farm located in West Leyden, New York in partnership with I Love NY. The tree has been installed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and features old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments by Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum. The tree will be on display through January 2015.
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

South Street Seaport Holiday Lighting
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6pm
The South Street Seaport’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Fulton Street on Tuesday, December 2 in honor of Giving Tuesday. The event will feature live entertainment, family activities, the grand opening of the Seaport Ice Rink, and much more!
Location: South Street Seaport, Fulton and Front Streets
Date: Ceremony - December 3, 2014, 7-9pm (lit until January 7, 2015)
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

Date: December 3, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm
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

Charles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central ParkCharles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central Park
Date: December 4, 2014, 5:30pm
Celebrate the season at our 18th annual holiday and winter warm-up in northern Central Park, with a flotilla of over 20 illuminated trees on the Harlem Meer. Make holiday crafts, decorate (and eat!) cookies, and take your photo with Santa (bring your own camera, please). The event will culminate with caroling and the lighting of the Dana Center for the holiday season. Free.

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)

Date: Ceremony - December 5, 2014, 6-8pm
Watch the Christmas tree light up and enjoy treats and tunes
Location: Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New YorkChristmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
Date: December 7, 2014,10am-5pm
It's Christmas season in the Village! Watch as glittering ornaments are made by the Tinsmith, take your own photos with Santa, hear young carolers present holiday songs, or listen to lively storytelling session; tour the village, decorated in its holiday finery. Visit the Courthouse for greenery, home-baked goodies, and holiday gift items for sale. This year, like every year, the tree lighting is free! Join your neighbors and friends for a cup of hot cider under the tree.
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 7, 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 7, 2014, 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.

Location:
Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street)

Madison Square Park Holiday Tree LightingMadison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting 2014
Date: December 9, 2014, 3:30-5:30pm
Winter is around the corner and the Madison Square Park Conservancy is gearing up for its magical holiday celebration. On December 9th 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. Free activities include a horticultural workshop as Gardener Steph leads a Red Twig Dogwood planting. We’re also hosting Reading Rangers story time, with readings of two books provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, including Rachel Bright’s Love Monster and the Perfect Present and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®: The Classic Story. There will also be plenty of free festive entertainment, such as performers from Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway, and family favorite, Audra Rox, with more performers to be announced. Lastly, free holiday treats will abound with Hill Country Chicken bringing Apple Bites and Apple Cider, SD26 Restaurant and Wine Bar sharing Pappa Pomodoro (tomato soup), and Frittering Away providing Hot Apricot Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade.
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 11, 2014, 6pm
The Christmas tree at Washington Square is an almost 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 45-foot Christmas tree under the Arch that will be lit for the season between the hours of 4pm and 1am. On December 11th at 6 pm, 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 complimen

World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Date: December 16-23, 2014 at 6pm (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 16-23, 2014 
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

Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 5-6pm
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

Peace Tree at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Date: TBA
For the 32nd year in a row, the cathedral will put up its lovely arbor decorated with 1,000 paper cranes, an Asian symbol of harmony, longevity and peace. Choristers from the Cathedral School will also be on hand to make a joyful noise.
Location: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 111th Street
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