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Here's Where to See Tree Lightings in the NYC Area

Here's Where to See Tree Lightings in the NYC Area

Here’s where you can view Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in NYC and its surrounding suburbs.

It's finally the most wonderful time of the year, and there's no better way to kick off the holiday season than to attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with your family! Here are some of the best Christmas tree lightings across New York City and its surrounding suburbs. Make sure to double check with the venues as it gets closer because of potential coronavirus cancelations! 

Tree Lightings in Manhattan
Tree Lightings in Brooklyn
Tree Lightings on Long Island
Tree Lightings in Westchester

Tree Lightings in Manhattan

FREE Rockefeller Tree Lighting
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7-10pm
WHERE: Rockefeller Center Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown
WHAT: Don't miss this iconic tree lighting!

FREE Tree Lighting and Sing-Along
WHERE: Bryant Park, Between W. 40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown
WHAT: Bryant Park’s annual Tree Lighting
WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242.

Morningside Park Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 28, 5-6pm
WHERE: Morningside Park, 121st St. and Morningside Ave., Morningside Heights
WHAT: Join the Friends of Morningside for the tradition of celebrating the holidays in the park! On the winter solstice, they will light a tree, tell the stories of the holidays, and have a sing-along. Refreshments will be provided.

Stuytown Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Dec. 4, 6-7pm
WHERE: The Oval, Stuyvesant Town

Washington Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6-7pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park Arch
WHAT: On Wednesday, December 9th at 6 pm, 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.

Holiday on the Hudson
Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30-6pm
WHAT: Join us virtually for our annual holiday tree lighting in West Harlem Piers Park. Tune in to the Summer on the Hudson Facebook page to light the tree and celebrate the season. 

Tree Lightings in Brooklyn

FREE Atlantic Avenue Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6-6:30pm
WHERE: St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
WHAT: The community gathers at the church to enjoy performances from local schools and donated treats from Atlantic Avenue merchants.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-8993.


Tree Lightings on Long Island

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4, 6:30pm
WHERE: Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Road, Orient
WHAT: The tree is lit by Santa and he is available for pictures afterwards. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
WANT TO GO? 631-323-2440.

VIRTUAL Annual Brookhaven Town Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4-Dec. 31
WHERE: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
WHAT: The Town of Brookhaven 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting – complete with holiday entertainment, along with Santa’s traditional arrival via helicopter – will be available for viewing on Channel 18 and on this page beginning on Friday, December 4 and airing through December 31.
WANT TO GO? 631-758-9664.

VIRTUAL Kennedy Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 4, 4pm
WHERE: Kennedy Plaza - ONLINE
WHAT: The Annual Kennedy Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting Event will be held virtually on Friday, December 4, 2020.  Please check back for details.

Tree Lighting Ceremony 
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5, 5-7pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Santa Claus will light the Hatchery's tree at 5:30pm. Enjoy cookies, tea, and hot chocolate. 
WANT TO GO? Free admission after 5pm; $10 suggested donation. 516-692-6768. 

FREE Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 6, 5pm
WHERE: Heritage Park in Mount Sinai , 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai
WHAT: Come drink hot chocolate and eat cookies, listen to Christmas carols and hang out with Santa Claus in celebration of the official lighting of the Heritage Trust Christmas Tree. The Heritage Christmas Tree will remain lit for the remainder of the month of December. Event begins at 5pm
WANT TO GO? 631-509-0882.

FREE Holidays in Stony Brook
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 11am-6pm
WHERE: 111 Main Street, Stonybrook
WHAT: Tree lighting on the village green
WANT TO GO? 631-689-5888.

Tree Lightings in Westchester

Westchester's Winter Wonderland Drive Thru 
WHEN: Nov. 27
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla
WHAT: Official tree lighting on opening night
WANT TO GO?  $25 per car

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