Continuing with the Holiday theme, this week I take you to my favorite Christmas trees in Manhattan. I didn’t venture out to the outer boroughs, but will make it a point to do it next year and include their trees. For now check out some of my favorites in the city, including my ABSOLUTE favorite at the end!
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
First off we start with the most popular tree in the city. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree . The first tree lightning here happened in 1931. The tree lightning every year kicks off the Holiday Season in the city. It is seen by more then half a million people everyday! It’s lit from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm everyday and all day Christmas Day. The lights will go out on January 7, 2019, so you still have plenty of time to admire it.
Washington Square Park Tree
In one of my favorite parts of town is another beauty! Standing under the arch in Washington Square Park this tree is lit from 4pm to 1 am everyday. On Christmas Eve New Yorkers stand under its arch and sing Christmas carols…which is one of my favorite holiday traditions in town. The caroling here has been going on for 106 years!
NYSE Christmas Tree
Heading south to Wall St you will find one of my favorite trees in the city. The NYSE Christmas Tree was first lit by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. It was inside the Stock Exchange and later moved outside. This year the tree has a permanent visitor The Fearless Girl, who was up until a week ago, standing in Bowling Green in front of the charging bull.. she is now facing the NYSE.
Bryant Park Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree at Bank of America Winter Village seems to always be lit up in blue, and has the beautiful New York Public Library behind it, the ice rink in front of it…and the Empire State Building to its left. All these structures making great backdrops for this tree.
South Street Seaport Christmas Tree
I've always loved the Christmas tree down in South Street Seaport ,like the NYSE it is surrounded by so much history. It is however a VERY up and coming part of the city with the new entertainment complex opening at Pier 17 including for winter, Winterland with the ONLY rooftop ice skating rink in the city. With incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the city’s beautiful skyline. It just opened last week, so get in there…only 100 people allowed to skate there at a time. Warm up after skating and tree viewing at Tank, a cozy ski lodge like bar in the same complex.
Lotte New York Palace Hotel
I’ve left my favorite tree for last. The Lotte New York Palace Hotel houses in my humble opinion, the most beautiful tree in the city. Every year I return and it gets more and more beautiful! Walking distance from Rockefeller Center it is absolutely worth visiting. Of course try to come really early or really late as every Gossip Girl lover will be taking the tree hostage just jumping at the chance to pose with the tree and post some super cheesy caption about Serena, Blair or Chuck Bass. (Please don’t be one of those people).
This wraps up this years most beautiful Christmas trees in Manhattan list. Let me know if you have some other favorites on the island or the other boroughs. Also feel free to share your favorite tree where you live as well if you’re not in the city. Happy Holidays from NYC!
Good vibes always,