If you’re in New York City during the holidays, then get into the Christmas spirit by visiting come of the city’s best Christmas trees. From the famous tree at Rockefeller Center to the origami decorated tree at the Museum of Natural History, New York is awash in holiday cheer.
There’s no way seeing these gorgeous Christmas trees won’t get you in the holiday spirit. Rife with character and tradition, they each tell a story and represent New York’s distinctive and multifaceted personality.
Arguably the most famous Christmas tree in the world, the massive Norway spruce that stands in Rockefeller Center every winter draws hundreds of thousands of annual visitors. And it’s no wonder: The tree usually weighs in somewhere around 10 tons and looms at least 50 feet high. Cloak that in 30,000 twinkling lights and top it with a Swarovski star, and you’ve got yourself one enchanting sight to behold.
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A tradition since 1957, the tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is as much a work of art as anything in their collection. More than 50 floating angels decorate the blue spruce while an elaborate 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene rests at the base. Set in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall in front of the 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
American Museum of Natural History
For a unique Christmas tree-viewing experience, don’t miss the Museum of Natural History. While their tree is smaller than most of the others on this list (this year it’s only 13 feet tall), they make up for it by decorating the tree with more than 500 handmade origami ornaments. Volunteers have been busy folding since July and are on-site to teach the art of paper folding to visitors.
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New York Stock Exchange
Illuminating lower Manhattan since 1923, the Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange is decorated with 3,500 white LED lights, 1,000 multicolored balls and a 6-foot star. Located right on Wall Street near Broad, it’s the perfect stop if you happen to be in the Financial District.
Washington Square Park
Perfectly centered in front of the 19th-century arch, the Christmas tree at Washington Square Park is a beloved Greenwich Village neighborhood tradition. Besides the 45-foot tree covered in twinkling lights, the occasional holiday-themed musical performances are also a draw. Stop by around 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve to join in the caroling.