Holidays: Trees


Holiday trees in NYC go way beyond tinsel – find origami ornaments, baroque Italian figurines and proximity to ice skating, holiday markets, gingerbread houses and iconic architecture on visits to unique evergreens all over town.
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Origami Holiday Tree

American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West

Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations in the dazzling annual Origami Holiday Tree. Find feathered dinosaurs, alligator hatchlings, and stunning modern birds among other treasured models. Patient volunteers are on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.


South Street Seaport Tree

Seaport District
Fulton & Front Streets

Bundle up to see a stunning 60-foot tree on the waterfront honoring the area’s nautical past with a ‘constellation’ theme featuring sailors’ navigation instruments. Also shop at the Seaport Holiday Market At WantedDesign.


Metropolitan Museum Tree & Menorah

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Free with museum admission

A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene adorns a candlelit spruce. Gorgeous 18th Century Baroque creche angels hover over an Italian village filled with animals and interesting characters. Everyday at 4:30 pm, recorded music accompanies a dramatic lighting ceremony. A few galleries away, see one of the largest known silver menorahs from late 19th-century Ukraine.


Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza

Fight through the crowds of tourists for a peek at the famous Norway Spruce illuminated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star. Watch skaters on the rink below and walk through the illuminated angel figurines. After 5 pm, see a dazzling light show on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue every ten minutes.


Storybook Trees at Bartow-Pell

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

A 19th-century Greek Revival mansion decks its historic halls with nine Storybook Trees decorated by leading designers inspired by a children’s book of their choice. Our favorite was the Madeline tree designed by Emily Sharp and Lindsey Lane. The grounds and gardens are also lovely to explore in any season.


The Plaza Christmas Tree

The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue & Central Park South (stroller entrance on 58th Street)

The luxurious lobby of this storied hotel is even more spectacular during the holidays. The Palm Court is sparkling with evergreens and decorations, and a grand tree in the Fifth Avenue Foyer features dazzling ornaments. Downstairs, the Eloise store has a charming Christmas tree with stuffed ornaments, plus find Santa Clause, cupcakes, make-your-own fro yo, fancy French chocolat, and more rounded meals in the Plaza Food Hall. The stroller entrance is on 58th Street between 5th and 6th avenue; the Fifth Avenue Foyer is only accessible via a short flight of stairs, but the friendly hotel staff are eager to assist.


Bryant Park Winter Village Tree

Bryant Park
42nd Street & Fifth Avenue

The rinkside 50-foot Norway Spruce sparkles with 30,000 white and red LED lights and 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments. Get hot chocolate and other treats at the surrounding booths as you browse for unique gifts, or ice skate at the only free rink in the city.


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