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Holiday Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

Live entertainment, caroling and pictures with Santa 
are all in store for you this holiday 
season in NYC!

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! 



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          2019 NYC Christmas Tree, Menorah and Holiday Lighting Ceremonies and Events 

Holiday Under the Stars at the Shops at Columbus Circle
Location: 10 Columbus Circle at 59th Street - Ground Floor
Date: November 11th, 2019 through January 5th, 2020 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Holiday Under the Stars - the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color mixing in the world featuring twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room overlooking iconic Central Park perform daily from 5:00pm until 11:00pm (every half hour on the hour). The free, indoor colorful spectacle with stunning views of Central Park is an ideal destination during the cold, shorter days of winter. The destination also will offer extended shopping hours.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 through Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Location: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY

New York City’s Favorite Holiday Tradition is Back! Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. This year’s show—presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—showcases Central Park, with its iconic landscape fashioned in mosses and hollies, and architectural treasures such as Belvedere Castle. Make your best holiday memories with crafts and carolers, seasonal treats, a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine™ and so much more!

American Museum of Natural History Origami Holiday TreeAmerican Museum of Natural History Origami Christmas Tree
Date: November 25th,
 2019 through January 12th, 2020
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Grand Gallery, near the 77th Street exit on the Museum's first floor

Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays - the Origami Holiday Tree - an annual tradition for more than forty years. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national and international origami artists. The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Origami Dinosaurs Among Us, with models inspired by the upcoming exhibition ¡Cuba! as well as the current exhibitions Dinosaurs Among Us and Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. Attendees can expect to see feathered dinosaurs, alligator hatchlings and stunning modern birds among other treasured models.

Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln SquareLincoln Square Winter's Eve 2015
Date: Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Location: The celebration begins with the tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park and takes place in public spaces, select venues and along sidewalks of Lincoln Square and around Broadway from The Shops at Columbus Circle to 70th Street.

New York's largest holiday festival - Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square -  features free entertainment, family fun, outdoor food tastings and more, and begins with the Upper West Side’s tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park. The event takes place from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (rain or shine!) in public spaces, in select indoor venues and along the sidewalks of Lincoln Square, the gateway to the Upper West Side, from The Shops at Columbus Circle to 70th Street - in and around Broadway. In the event of rain, they will tent outdoor stages and cover performers the best they can.

South Street Seaport Holiday Lighting
Date: Monday, December 2nd, 2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: South Street Seaport

Join us for our annual Holiday Tree Lighting and see the Seaport District tree lit up for the first time. Enjoy live performances, treats, hot drinks, plus rooftop ice skating. Details coming soon!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Location: Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues

For over eight decades, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. Even before the first formal tree went up, workers lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to collect their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression. People from around the world came after September 11th to see the Tree decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue. Today more than half a million people pass by the Tree every day making Rockefeller Center the epicenter of New York City’s holiday celebrations.
Date: December 5th, 2019, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside park at 110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Ave.

Celebrate the season at our 23rd Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The evening concludes with
lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer. Event is rain, snow, or shine.

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New YorkChristmas in Richmond Town
Date: Sunday, December 8th, 2019 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Staten Island Historical Society, 441 Clarke Avenue - Staten Island

A nostalgic family favorite for decades - visit New York City’s most complete historic village all dressed up for Christmas! Take an old-fashioned carriage ride down historic Center Street and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of winter in the country. Partake in warm apple cider and hot mulled wine as a classic bell choir fills your heart with joy. No Christmas program would be complete without a visit with Santa who will spend time in the beautifully-decorated Stephens house directly across from the Visitor Center. Stop by the Third County Courthouse where the Women’s Auxiliary hosts the much-loved Christmas fair. End the night in the beautiful Barton yard for Historic Richmond Town’s annual tree lighting ceremony!

Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting CeremonyCarl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Date: Sunday, December 8th, 2019 form 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 86th Street at East End Avenue

 A cherished, family tradition: carols, Cantori ChoirOrbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate... and an evening your family will cherish for years to come. Held snow, rain or balmy weather!

Park Avenue Tree Lighting CeremonyPark Avenue Tree Lighting
Date: Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location: Brick Presbyterian Church – Park Avenue at 91st Street

The whole community is invited to gather in front of the church steps at 6:30pm for the 75th Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing where Rev. Kimberly Clayton will share words of remembrance and celebration and all will join in a rousing Carol Sing led by Brick Church’s Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth.

Date: Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 through December 30th, 2019
Location: Grand Army Plaza Fifth Avenue & W 59th Street – Manhattan and Grand Army Plaza at  Eastern Parkway - Prospect Heights - Brooklyn

Both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Grand Army Plazas host competitors in the race for the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon across the  street from The Plaza hotel (Manhattan) to kick off the Jewish Festival of Lights; lightings for that one generally take  place at 5:30pm, though it's around 3:30pm on Friday and 8:00pm on Saturday - bookending the Sabbath. Across the  East River, go to the top of Prospect Park to see its similarly sized rival illuminated; lightings are at 6pm most evenings,  with Friday’s at 3:30pm and Saturday’s at 7:00pm. The Brooklyn organizers host a kickoff concert prior to the lighting  on Hanukkah’s first night and have music and potato pancakes each evening.

Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Date: December 5th, 2019 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Madison Square Park is located between Madison Ave. and 23rd St.

For over 10 decades, the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Madison Square Park has been a must-see attraction. It has a proud history of celebrating the holiday season - the first public Christmas tree in the United States was displayed in the Park on December 21, 1912. This historic tradition started as a way to allow all New Yorkers to enjoy the holiday spirit. And today, we are proud to continue that tradition. Join us around the Madison Square Park Holiday Tree on Wednesday, December 5, 2019 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM. Each year, the community comes together for the festive event and participates in free seasonal activities. With live music, giveaways, and treats, this annual event is the perfect place to kick off the holidays!

Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyWashington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Washington Square Park Arch is located at the foot of 5th Avenue - one block south of 8th Street

On Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00pm, the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs. The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand, and lead the children in the illumination countdown. The Washington Square Association provides songbooks.

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