Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Knowledgeable visitors claim their space by mid-afternoon for the ceremonies, which include live performances by the Radio City Rockettes and other celebrities and the lighting of the giant tree, which has been decorated with 50,000 LED lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski star.
The NBC broadcast performances start at 7pm with Mario Lopez, Stefan Holt, and Natalie Pasquarella.
This year’s event is hosted by Today Show anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin.
Performers include John Legend, Derek & Julianne Hough, Brett Eldredge, Idina Menzel, Gwen Stefani, Lea Michele, Chicago, NE-YO, and more.
The tree is officially ‘plugged in’ sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 PM.
- FREE and on a first-come, first-served basis, you’ll want to arrive in advance and bundle up.
- Hours for visiting are from 6am to Midnight daily, through Jan. 17, 2020.
- On Christmas Day, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for a full 24 hours
Light Up MetroTech celebrates the start of the holiday season with an evening full of fun and holiday cheer on the MetroTech Commons, with FREE hot cocoa and donuts, and a tree lighting with Santa. Presented by Brookfield Properties.
Music and entertainment includes:
Live ice carving by Okamoto Studio, the NYC-based artist collective best known to produce artful installations and performances out of crystal clear ice.
Music by Thanushka (Thanu) akupitiyage, is a Sri Lankan born, Thailand raised activist, cultural organizer, and DJ under the artist moniker “Ushka.”
Performance by Batalá New York, part of a global arts project of more than 30 bands around the world. The music of Batalá originates in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. The group’s instruments and costumes are all made in Salvador. The main musical genre they play is samba-reggae, a heavily percussion-based form that typically employs the five drums played in Batalá.
- FREE, 5pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 4th on the MetroTech Commons.
Thursday, Dec 5
An ice skating show and Christmas sing-along precedes the tree lighting. Featuring:
- Host Alyse Zwick
- Christmas sing-alongs led by Harlem youth chorus DREAM Choir
- Performances by world-class skaters Ryan Bradley, Evelyn Walsh, and Trennt Michaud, and The Haydenettes
- Plus, fireworks, Santa, and more
Please note: The rink closes to the public 3:00 p.m. on the day of the tree lighting. The Pavilion also closes at 3:00 p.m. and re-opens at 5:00 p.m.
The rink will resume public skating right after the show, about 6:45pm.
- FREE, at 6pm.
This proud tradition is more than 100 years old.
The first public Christmas tree in the United States was displayed in Madison Square Park on December 21, 1912. This historic tradition started as a way to allow all New Yorkers to enjoy the holiday spirit.
|3:30 – 4:20 PM||Music by Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats|
|4:30 – 4:45 PM||Music by New York Life Singers|
|4:45 PM||Remarks & Countdown|
|Keats Myer, Executive Director, Madison Square Park Conservancy|
|James Mettham, Executive Director, Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership|
|Flipping the Switch||Carlina Rivera, Councilwoman, New York City Council District 2|
|William Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation|
|4:55 – 5:30 PM||Music by Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats|
Celebrate the season at 23rd annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event includes a festive lighting of a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.
No large organized groups. Rain, Snow, or Shine. Strollers are not allowed on the Plaza. Stroller parking will be provided.
- FREE, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
- Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
The 96th annual Christmas tree lighting rings in the season with performances by Dionne Warwick and the West Point Cadet Gospel Choir
- In front of the NYSE, 11 Wall St., 2:30pm to 6pm..
A few blocks away, Battery Park City’s South Cove will also glow starting on December 5 at 6p — stop by to enjoy an evening of caroling and hot chocolate.
- Both FREE.
Saturday, Dec. 7
It’s an afternoon of Christmas with a traditional Dutch flavor at the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn, including a special visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback.
Visitors can feed St. Nicholas’s faithful horse carrots and hay. Children are invited to sign the Red Book with St. Nicholas before he tells the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen.
Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting that will close the day as the sun goes down.
- 1pm – House opens, crafts and food, and Colonial Concert with Linda Russell
- 2:15pm – Learn the traditional Sinterklaas Song
- 2:30pm – St. Nicholas arrives on horseback, Meet the horses and feed them carrots
- 2:45pm – Storytime with St. Nicholas: The Bakers Dozen
- 3pm to 4pm – Photos with St. Nick – sign the Red Book*
- 4pm – Tree decorating and lighting
This is the only tree lighting event on our list with an admission price, but it is low and easily fits NYC on the Cheap requirements.
- Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children There also are family “bundle”
- Click here for tickets
- Wykoff Farmhouse Museum is 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn
This annual holiday tree lighting party celebrate the season with live music, dancing, tree decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last).
- FREE, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
- On the West Harlem Piers, at 125th St. and Marginal St.