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Christmas trees in NYC

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting one of these spectacular Christmas trees, and see other decorations in New York.

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Photograph: Courtesy Tishman Speyer/Bart Barlow

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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Photograph: Courtesy the American Museum of Natural History

Origami Holiday Tree

 

 

Charlie Brown would be blown away by the Christmas trees New York has to offer, from Rockefeller Center's green giant to the origami-bedecked pine at the American Museum of Natural History. And so you've got a place to stash your gifts, we've also got the scoop on where you can buy your own evergreen and a guide to pimping your Christmas tree with dollar-origami ornaments.

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Other Christmas trees in New York

Brooklyn Borough Hall Tree

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Stop by the civic seat of Kings County to see this year's tree, a 38-foot-tall balsam fir decked out with ornaments and energy-efficient LED lights.

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Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza Until Sun Jan 6 Free

Citi Pond at Bryant Park Tree

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It's a star-studded affair at Citi Pond, where Bryant Park's 55-foot-tall Norway spruce illuminates skaters and admirers in this magical setting. This year’s tree is adorned with 30,000 LED lights and 3,000 custom-made ornaments.

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Citi Pond at Bryant Park Until Tue Dec 2 Free

Madison Square Park Holiday Tree

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This year marks the centennial of Madison Square Park’s conifer, for 2012 a 35-foot-high balsam fir with all the trimmings. History buffs should venture to south edge of the park and keep an eye out for the Star of Hope, which sits atop a post. It marks the spot of the city’s first community holiday tree, which was funded in 1912 by a wealthy resident who wanted to make sure no one went without a tannenbaum.

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Madison Square Park Until Tue Jan 1 Free

Metropolitan Museum Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

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The city’s most elegant tree is an exhibit unto itself, hung with more than 200 18th-century hand-sculpted Neapolitan crèche figures, which are wearing jeweled and embroidered costumes. Many of the ornaments are arranged in pairs, including an angel gesturing to a shepherd.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Tue Jan 6

Origami Holiday Tree

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More than 500 handmade origami ornaments adorn the holiday season's craftiest Christmas tree. This year's theme is "Museum’s Collections," so keep your eyes peeled for baubles representing exhibits and creatures from the AMNH’s trove, including lemurs, spiders, monkeys and even a murder of crows.

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American Museum of Natural History Until Sun Jan 11

Park Avenue Memorial Trees

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The 104 balsam firs that line Park Avenue are more than just festive holiday adornments: The topiaries were first lit in 1945 in remembrance of those who lost their lives during World War II. The tradition continues to this day, and each tree is strung with 25 strands of white lights.

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Park Ave between 54th and 96th Sts Until Sun Dec 7 Free

Christmas lights and decorations in New York

Dyker Heights: Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour

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More than 100,000 visitors make the pilgrimage to this south Brooklyn nabe every December to see larger-than-life Christmas displays, which in past years have included massive nutcrackers, silicone Santas, and hundreds of thousands of sparkling holiday lights. For the optimum twinkly experience, sign up for Tony Muia’s Christmas Lights and Cannoli tour. The three-and-half-hour bus jaunt takes you through the ’hood’s best spectacles and ends with cannoli and hot cocoa for everyone. Meet at Fourth Ave between 13th and 14th Sts. Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq.

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Location TBA Until Wed Dec 31

Holiday Under the Stars

Critics' pick

Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic Yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you won’t even care that you maxed out your MasterCard getting Aunt Judy that back massager she’s been wanting. When you're done marveling, don't forget to check out the ten new stores that have recently opened at the TWC.

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Time Warner Center Until Sun Jan 4 Free

Snowflake Spectacular

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The Great White North descends on Saks Fifth Avenue’s ten-story facade this season. This year’s LED holiday light projection features snow flurries and a yeti, who according to a tie-in tale by Daily Monster creator Stefan J. Bucher, came down from Siberia to live on the roof of the department store (as is the wont of fashion-conscious horror beasts the world over). The two-minute show repeats every seven to eight minutes and ties in with the Snowflake Spectacular display in the store's 12 windows.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Mon Jan 7 Free

Winter Garden Holiday Lights

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A holiday tradition since 1989, the display features 50,000 twinkling white lights that are strung throughout the Winter Garden, transforming the glass-enclosed atrium into a festive wonderland.

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World Financial Center Winter Garden Until Thu Jan 3 Free
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