It officially feels like the holidays! Snowflakes are falling, Starbucks’ famous red cups dot the City streets and holiday window displays bring out a sense of childhood wonderment this time of year. As we, ourselves, soak in the holiday magic, we couldn’t help but wonder where all the best Christmas trees were in the City! Yes, of course the Rockefeller tree comes to mind but collectively (Jewish teammates too!), we wondered where the most festive trees could be found! And so the below list was born…We put together a list of our top places to find the jolliest of Christmas trees in New York City!
South Street Seaport
This 60 foot-high Borway spruce is sure to amaze with gold, white and silver ornaments topped off with a giant star! Enjoy the holiday market, on-site Santa and more festivities throughout December 24th.
Washington Square Park
With a towering 45-foot high tree with Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building in the distance, this may be one of the most picturesque photos you can take. In the heart of Greenwich Village, you can stop by the tree on Christmas Eve for a night of public holiday caroling!
New York Public Library
Framed by an archway in Astor Hall in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, this may “literary” be the most unassuming place for a Christmas tree. As you enter the iconic library, you are greeted by wreaths throughout the building and a personal annotated copy of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens!
Just a short stroll from the NYPL, there is no place more festive than Bryant Park! This entire park is transformed into a Winter Village complete with a skating rank, open air-market and winter-themed restaurant! With the huge Norway spruce, garlanded with thousands of lights and ornaments – it will surely keep you in awe.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Perhaps the most intricate, the Met’s 20 foot high blue spruce tree has a base setting that intricately displays an Italian Nativity scene. With ornate Neapolitan angels and delicate lights, this tree is one that must be on your list to see this year!
American Museum of Natural History
Continuing the museum route, the American Museum of Natural History goes all-out with a nondenominational holiday tree! Decorated with none other than origami animals! With over 800-plus folded paper critters, this year’s theme is “Origami Dinosaurs Among Us”. A fun and festive tree for all ages!
Although not home to a single Christmas tree, Park Avenue displays over 104 of them! Running from 54th Street to 97th Street, the Fund of Park Avenue sets up these beautiful white-lit fir trees continuing on a tradition that began in 1945 honoring fallen WWII veterans.
Wishing you the warmest holiday wishes and a bright New Year!