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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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2013
NYC Christmas Tree, Menorah, and Holiday Lighting Ceremonies & Events (check back in the fall for details on 2014 NYC holiday lighting ceremonies)

Date: November 13, 2013-January 3, 2014, Star shows daily beginning at 5pm every hour and half hour
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
More information about Holiday Under the Stars at the Shops at Columbus Circle
Date: November 15, 2013-January 2014
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 New York Snowflake contains 16,000 crystal prisms, is 23 feet wide and over 28 feet tall, and weighs more than 3,300 pounds. While the Beverly Hills Snowflake contains 12,000 crystals, is 17 feet wide and over 14 feet tall, weighs 1,600 pounds and is illuminated by 125 steady-burning and 300 high-powered flashing LED lights. Broadway Kids Care (BKC), the organization of theater kids for kids (and others), will perform festive holiday songs at the 2013 UNICEF Snowflake lighting ceremony. This year's event will also feature an appearance by New York Knicks Center, Tyson Chandler, as well as Jason Testa (Elf) and Kara Oates (Billy Elliot the Musical and Mary Poppins) who will flip the switch to illuminate the magnificent UNICEF Snowflake, signifying the beginning of the gift-giving season across the globe.
Location: The lighting event will take place at 57th Street and 5th Avenue

Date: November 16, 2013, 5-6pm
It's an evening of magic as you receive a Magic Wand* to help light our Enchanted Tree. Plus, the first 50 guests to line up for the festivities will receive access to the V.I.P. area.  Children can also enjoy cookies and milk with Santa. *Wands available while supplies last.
Location: Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst. The Tree Lighting will be on level 2 (opposite Guest Services)
Date: November 25, 2013-January 12, 2014
Visit the Museum this holiday season to see one of New York's most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree. Delightfully decorated with more than 500 hand-folded paper models, the tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for 40 years. Join us for this year's tree: "Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful," inspired by the Museum's new exhibition The Power of Poison
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Grand Gallery, near the 77th Street exit on the Museum's first floor
More information about the American Museum of Natural History Origami Holiday Tree

Metropolitan Museum of Art- Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque CrècheMetropolitan Museum of Art - Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche
Date: November 26, 2013-January 6, 2014
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.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street; the tree is on display in the Medieval Sculpture Hall
More information about The Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche
World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Date: November 27-December 5, 2013 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: November 27, 2013
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

30th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the South Street Seaport
Date: November 29, 2013, 6pm
The Seaport’s 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the corner of Fulton and Front Streets on November 29th at 6pm. Hosted by Jill Martin with performances by: Swingadelic, Lesley Gore, Nicole Atkins, Dave Heenan, and of course a special appearance by Santa Claus!
Location: South Street Seaport, Fulton and Front Streets

Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting and Caroling and Menorah Lighting

Date: December 1, 2013 5pm
A cherished, family tradition: carols, Il Cantori choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate... and an evening your family will cherish for the years ahead.Neighbors come together and sing favorite Christmas carols as they share cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate and candlelight. Song books even provided.
Location: Carl Schurz Park, East End and East 86th Street

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
Date: 
Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:30-9pm, Rain, snow, or shine!
On Monday, December 2, 2013 the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor Time Warner will host the Fourteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York’s largest holiday festival! Join Tony Award-winning, Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone.
There will be over 20 live, free performances featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-stars, Brianna Thomas’ Jazz Quartet, world renowned DJ David Chang at the Winter’s Eve TD Bank Dance Party, GRAMMY nominated Brooklyn-based children’s band The Pop Ups at Kids’ Central, and Big Apple Circus, Kate Davis presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ice Sculpting at Time Warner Center, and that’s not all!
Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will come alive with music, performers, processional groups, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled evening along the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.
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
More information about Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square


Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting at Citi Pond
Bryant Park Bank of America Winter Village Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: December 3, 2013, 5pm
We'll cover the branches with over 30,000 white and red LED lights, along with 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments in wintry silver, pearly white, and iridescent red and blue.
The Tree Lighting Show will feature an array of personalities, musicians, and excitement. Throughout the evening, you can enjoy music performances by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Carly Rose Sonenclar of The X Factor, Loston Harris Trio, Young People's Chorus, and NY Pops Brass Quintet. There will also be an appearance by New York Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera, and a lineup of stellar skaters including Johnny Weir, and our favorite synchronized skating team The Haydenettes.
The Tree Lighting Show will also kick off Hunger Awareness Week at Winter Village. Bank of America is making your regular activities even more meaningful by connecting them with donations to the Food Bank for New York City. With Skate-to-Donate and Dine-to-Donate programs kicking off December 3, Bank of America will match minutes skated at the The Rink and desserts ordered at Celsius with contributions to fighting hunger in NYC.

Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue

Date: Ceremony - December 3, 2013, 6-8pm
Watch the Christmas tree light up and enjoy treats and tunes courtesy of Rolie Polie Guacamole and local public school students.
Location:Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: Ceremony - December 4, 2013, 7-9pm (lit until January 7, 2014)
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
More Information about the Rockefeller Center

Charles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central ParkCharles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central Park

Date: December 5, 2013, 5:30-6:30pm
Celebrate the season at our annual holiday and winter warm-up in northern Central Park. 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. Families only; no groups, please.
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)
More information about the Charles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central Park

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New YorkChristmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
Date: December 8, 2013,10am-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
More about Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
The Lighting of the Park Avenue Christmas Trees

Date: December 8, 2013, 6:30pm; lit through mid-January, 2014
The trees along Park Avenue from 48th to 97th Street are lit following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street) that serves both as a reminder of the original meaning of the lights and a celebration of the holiday season. The tradition of lighting fir trees on Park Avenue each winter began in 1945 when a small group of Park Avenue families, led by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark, the wife of an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, lit trees to honor the men and women who died in WWII. Today the illuminated trees serve as a memorial to all who have lost their lives defending our country.
Location: Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street)
More information about the Lighting of the Park Avenue Christmas Trees

Washington Square Park Christmas Tree LightingWashington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Date: December 11, 2013, 5-6pm
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. Santa Claus himself has promised to appear and lead the children in the illumination countdown. The Washington Square Association provides complimentary songbooks.
Location: Washington Square Park Arch is located at the foot of Fifth Avenue, one block south of Eighth Street
More information about the Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: December 13, 2013, 12:30pm and 6pm
Winter Garden Kick off the holidays with this hour-long gem that is sure to delight the entire family! The Tuesday evening performance commences with the annual Winter Garden lighting, a spectacular moment where the beautiful atrium is illuminated with 50,000 brilliant lights.
Location: World Financial Center Winter Garden, 200 Vesey Street
More information about the World Financial Center Winter Garden Holiday Lighting

Peace Tree at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Date: December 20, 2013, 11am-12:15pm
For the 31st 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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