Best New York Christmas tree lightings

Brave the cold for these Christmas tree lighting events that will get little ones excited for St. Nick’s arrival

Bryant Park Tree Lighting
Photograph: Elizabeth Shrier
By Hannah Doolin, Dorkys Ramos and Oliver Strand |

Celebrate the start of the holiday season by taking your family to a Christmas tree lighting in NYC. From the massive Rockefeller Center tree lighting to more the more intimate festivities in parks around town, these ceremonies and will get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

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