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New York's best Christmas trees

By Tolly Wright
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Every year millions of tourists descend upon New York to take in the amazing holiday decorations. While the window displays and lights are swell, few decorations loom bigger than the city's Christmas trees—this year the one at Rockefeller Center is 78 feet tall and weighs over ten tons. From a traditionally decorated Norwegian Spruce in the Metropolitan Museum of Art to a downtown show-stopper at the South Street Seaport, here are pictures of the ferns that got us exclaiming, "Oh, Tannenbaum!" 

The Origami Holiday Tree

 An elementary school tradition—creating ornaments out of paper—becomes decidedly more sophisticated with the hundreds of hand folded decorations on this tree in the Natural History Museum's Grand Hall. The origami dinosaurs, animals and fossils represent items found in the Museum's special exhibits. Visit through January 9th with the price of admission. 

A Neapolitan Christmas Tree

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Medieval Sculpture Hall stands the classiest shrub you'll likely ever see. Adorned with 18th century cherubs and angels, the Norwegian Spruce is a true piece of art. Along its base is a full Baroque Créche nativity scene complete will all the characters found in the story of Jesus's birth—including the sheep. Visit through January 6th with the price of admission.  

Seaport Christmas Tree

The 32nd annual downtown beacon of the season is as impressive as ever. At a full 60 feet tall, decorated with geometric ornaments and topped with an asymmetric star it'd be hard to miss this holiday tradition. Visit through December 31.

 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Since the early 1930s this tree has been wowing visitors and residents alike. We could go on and on about its history, but here's the bare bones of what you need to know: It take's 45,000 colored LED lights to give it that special glow, the Swarovski star on top is nearly 10 feet tall and those 10 tons of lumber will later be given to the Habitat for Humanity. Visit through January 7th

 

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