While the Queen of NYC Holiday Lights is the Rockefeller Center tree, there are many other awe-inspiring holiday lights to see in New York City. We’ve narrowed it down to five of our favorite tree lighting ceremonies to catch just this week! (See what NYC holiday lights are already on display, as well as upcoming holiday tree and lighting ceremonies.)
Keep in mind that New York City’s holiday lights can be viewed throughout the 2013 holiday season, generally through early January 2014, so if you miss the lighting ceremonies, you can still catch the glorious lights on display! A great way to see more, learn more, and stay warm, is by taking this comfy 4-hour NYC Holiday Lights guided motorcoach tour.
Top 5 NYC Tree Lighting Ceremonies the First Week of December, 2013
Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting and Caroling and Menorah Lighting
Date: Ceremony – Sunday, December 1, 2013, 5pm
A cherished, family tradition. Neighbors come together and sing favorite carols as they share cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate and candlelight.
Location: Carl Schurz Park, East End and East 86th Street
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
Date: Ceremony – Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:30-9pm, Rain, snow, or shine!
On Monday, December 2, 2013 the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor Time Warner will host the Fourteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York’s largest holiday festival! Join Tony Award-winning, Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone.
There will be over 20 live, free performances featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-stars, Brianna Thomas’ Jazz Quartet, world renowned DJ David Chang at the Winter’s Eve TD Bank Dance Party, GRAMMY nominated Brooklyn-based children’s band The Pop Ups at Kids’ Central, and Big Apple Circus, Kate Davis presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ice Sculpting at Time Warner Center, and more.
Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will come alive with music, performers, processional groups, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled evening along the streets.
Location: The celebration begins with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street
Bryant Park’s Bank of America Winter Village Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: Ceremony – Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5pm
Our 50 foot Norway Spruce tree comes to us from Newburgh in Orange County, New York. This massive green beauty spans 25 feet at its base. We’ll cover the branches with over 30,000 white and red LED lights, along with 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments in wintry silver, pearly white, and iridescent red and blue.
The Tree Lighting Show will feature an array of personalities, musicians, and excitement. Throughout the evening, you can enjoy music performances by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Carly Rose Sonenclar of The X Factor, Loston Harris Trio, Young People’s Chorus, and NY Pops Brass Quintet. There will also be an appearance by New York Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera, and a lineup of stellar skaters including Johnny Weir, and our favorite synchronized skating team The Haydenettes.
The Tree Lighting Show will also kick off Hunger Awareness Week at Winter Village. Bank of America is making your regular activities even more meaningful by connecting them with donations to the Food Bank for New York City. With Skate-to-Donate and Dine-to-Donate programs kicking off December 3, Bank of America will match minutes skated at the The Rink and desserts ordered at Celsius with contributions to fighting hunger in NYC.
Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: Ceremony – Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7-9pm
Enjoy one of New York City’s most celebrated events for over 80 years. You can even attend a private party inside Rockefeller Center with an incredible view of the Tree Lighting ceremony. Or check out NYCVP’s Rockefeller Center Dinner by the Tree Private Party, which includes a guided tour of Rockefeller Center, a 3-course dinner at Brasserie Ruhlmann, open bar, and more. Read more about the history of Rockefeller Center, and details about the tree lighting ceremony.
Location: Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues
Charles A Dana Discovery Center Holiday Lighting in Central Park
Date: Ceremony – Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:30-6:30pm
Celebrate the season at our annual holiday and winter warm-up in northern Central Park. Make holiday crafts, decorate (and eat!) cookies, and take your photo with Santa (bring your own camera, please). The event will culminate with caroling and the lighting of the Dana Center for the holiday season. Free. Families only; no groups, please.
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)