Nothing rings in the holiday season like a Christmas tree lighting! Check out these tree lightings around New York and kick off the holiday season the right way with your family.
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Christmas Tree and Holiday Tree Lightings 2022
West Harlem Piers Park, 125th Street and Marginal Street, West Harlem
Saturday, December 3, 4:30-6pm
Celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting, live music, decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last).
Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Flatiron District
Wednesday, December 7, 4-6pm
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the first holiday tree lighting in the park, which occurred in 1912. Come together with the rest of the park community for this joyful event and participate in free seasonal activities. There will also be live music performances by Hannah Kidwell and the NYL Singers.
Washington Square, Greenwich Village
Wednesday, December 7, 6pm
Gather under the arch and watch as the multi-colored lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.
Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown
Tuesday, November 29, 6pm. Gates open at 4pm.
This Tree Lighting ceremony includes world-class skating performances, holiday music, and fireworks! The in-person event is open to the public, but space is limited.
The Seaport, 19 Fulton Street, Downtown Manhattan
Tuesday, November 29, 5pm
South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street, Downtown Manhattan
Tuesday, November 29, 4-8pm
Countdown to the annual lighting of the tree on the cobblestones at 5pm, then drop in for some seasonal fun in the Seaport Museum Galleries where families and guests of all ages will be invited to create paper boat baubles- great decorations for the holiday- using festive and colorful paper. Live music, additional family activities, and other surprises.
Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown
Wednesday, November 30, 7pm
Witness the lighting of one of the most spectacular trees in the world right in the heart of New York City! Arrive early to secure a good spot to view everything in store.
The New York Stock Exchange, Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, Wall Street
Wednesday, November 30, 2-6pm
Sip some hot cocoa, send a note to Santa, and enjoy the sounds of the season as The New York Stock Exchange hosts featured artists, organizations and more at the 99th annual lighting of the NYSE Christmas Tree.
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, Central Park
Thursday, December 1, 5:30pm
Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terrace & Murray Street, Battery Park City
Thursday, December 1, 6-7:30pm
Kick-off the season with a festive evening of lively carols, cozy beverages, and sweet treats with your Battery Park City community! Come see the new BPC Holiday Lights tree in Rockefeller Park. Celebrate the spirit of giving and help those in need by bringing an unwrapped gift to share with Stockings With Care. Special guest appearances by Sing Harlem Choir, and you-know-who!
Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm
Join the Wyckoff House Museum for an outdoor day full of craft activities, a tree lighting, and a special visit from St. Nick! St. Nicholas will tell the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen and children are invited to sign the Red Book. Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting that will close the day as the sun goes down.
Outside of 100 Myrtle Ave, Downtown Brooklyn
Wednesday, November 30, 5:30-7pm
Celebrate the start of the holiday season while enjoying a variety of festive outdoor activities at the Light Up Brooklyn Commons event, presented by Brookfield Properties. Attendees can explore an exhibition of exquisitely carved ice sculptures by the talented NY-based Okamoto Studio, behold joyful musical performances, sample holiday treats, and watch with wonder as Santa lights the treasured Brooklyn Commons Christmas tree. The Rink at Brooklyn Commons will also spread the holiday cheer by offering free ice skating during the time of the event! The evening’s activities are all free and open to the public.
DUMBO Archway, 155 Water St., DUMBO
Thursday, December 1, 4-7pm
This annual event is full of local holiday cheer with live performances, hot cocoa & sweet treats, and Santa!
Hope NYC, 142-82 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica
Friday, December 2, 4pm
See the lighting of the largest Christmas tree in Queens!
The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale
Saturday, December 3, 5-7pm
Come out for a magical celebration! Enjoy a special visit by Santa along with a DJ, Free Giveaways and entertainment for the entire family. Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be available, one per person and on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St, Flushing
Saturday, December 3, 2:30-4:30pm
Homemade milk and cookies, fun winter activities, and the annual tree lighting and are all part of the big day. Test out mini winter experiments at the North Pole, build an edible snowman at the Elf Tinker Shop or enjoy gingerbread arts and crafts with Mrs. Claus.
41st Avenue LIRR Green, 41st Avenue, Bayside
Sunday, December 4, 4pm
Bring the family out for a holiday celebration featuring a tree lighting, caroling, holiday giveaways, and more!
Ciccarone Park, Arthur Avenue at East 188th St., Bronx
Saturday, December 3, 4-6pm
All are welcome for this annual tree lighting and to meet Santa, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy Italian cookies and rich hot chocolate.
Stewards of Brust Park, Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx
Sunday, December 11, 5-7pm
Join Brust Park in a winter celebration with a holiday tree lighting, holiday music, and some festive treats.
Fountain Park at Village Hall, 104 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco
Friday, December 2, 6-8pm
Sing along with familiar carols, enjoy some yummy hot chocolate donated by Mast Market, help Santa and Mrs. Claus countdown to the beautiful tree being lit, and tell Santa your Christmas wishes.
The Barley Beach House, 95 Dearborn Avenue, Rye
Saturday, December 3, 4-9pm, 7pm tree lighting
Celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with Christmas Carols, complimentary hot chocolate, free candy canes, holiday market, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree!
Front Street, Yorktown Heights
Saturday, December 3, 6:30pm
Celebrate the season with this festive parade featuring floats that will light up the night! The tree lighting ceremony will begin at the end of the parade.
Renaissance Park, Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street, White Plains
Sunday, December 11, 5:30-6:30pm
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the season as the Mayor lights the City’s holiday tree and the start of the Holiday Market.
Bellmore Village Veterans’ Memorial, corner of Bedford Ave & Broadway/Pettit Ave, Bellmore
Friday, December 2, 6-10pm
Come out for an Old Fashion Christmas featuring a Live Nativity, horse & carriage rides, ·trolley rides through the community, festive holiday music, Christmas Tree Lighting, a visit from Santa, and more!
Baldwin Historical Society & Museum, 1980 Grand Ave., Baldwin
Sunday, December 4, 3:30-5pm
Baldwin Chamber of Commerce proudly presents Baldwin’s Tree Lighting Celebration. Free refreshments, pony rides, visit with Santa as he comes in on a Baldwin firetruck.
Merrick Ave. and Broadcast Plaza, Merrick
Sunday, December 4, 5pm
Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of both the Christmas Tree and Hanukkah Menorah. Refreshments will be served.
Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Friday, December 9, 6-8pm
The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will be celebrating its annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year with carolers singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse followed by Santa Claus’ arrival to light the holiday tree. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall’s exquisite interior and enjoy the view of the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse and meet Santa in the Hay Barn or enjoy refreshments in the café.
Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Hotsville
Friday, December 2, 6pm
This annual Tree Lighting will feature costumed characters; complimentary candy canes and hot chocolate; musical entertainment; and a special appearance by Santa Claus, who will arrive by helicopter, and then assist with the countdown to light the tree.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Great River
Friday, December 2, 5:30pm
Join along in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2022 holiday season.
Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Road (Route 25), Orient
Friday, December 2, 6:30pm
It is a joyous occasion when visitors come to” Light Up the Season” at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Orient Beach State Park. The tree is lit by Santa and he is available for pictures afterwards. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Mitchell Park, Front Street, Greenport
Saturday, December 3, 5-7pm
The Christmas parade of lights is a special night for young and old in the Village of Greenport! The parade will step off from the corner of Main and Center St. and continue through the village to Mitchell Park for the tree lighting.
Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Road, North Babylon
Saturday, December 3, 4-7pm
Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Long Island State Park’s Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus followed by fireworks there is an ice sculptor, juggler, holiday displays and refreshments. The public can visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.