New York families have the advantage of getting the best standing room for cool New York Christmas tree lightings around the city. Why not head to one this season? There's great stuff to catch, like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, plus fun celebrations like Winter's Eve.
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Check out some holiday train shows to continue the festive fun!
Best New York Christmas tree lightings
What if we said you could see an ultracool holiday tree inside your kids’ favorite museum? You’d say, “Heck, yeah!” The ornate 13-footer at the American Museum of Natural History makes a statement with a great theme every year; this season's is inspired by ¡Cuba! and Dinosaurs Among Us. Check out 1,000 handmade ornaments inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibitions, plus, try your hand at the art of paper folding with on-site volunteers. All ages.Read more
Celebrate the season with one of NYC’s longest-running tree- lighting ceremonies. The 45-foot tree is situated under the park’s arch and, after the first lighting, stays illuminated nightly from 4pm until 1am. The Washington Square Association presents caroling to the music of the Rob Susman Brass Quartet. Songbooks are provided just in case you don’t know every word! Return on Christmas Eve for a second caroling event beginning at 5pm. Fifth Ave to Waverly Pl between W 4th and MacDougal Sts. All ages.Read more
Join Summer on the Hudson and the Riverside Park Conservancy for the annual holiday-tree–lighting party. In addition to the Christmas tree, there is a festive celebration of the season with live music and dancing. Kids can create unique ornaments for their own tree at a decoration-making crafts station. All ages.Read more