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8 Festive Holiday Tree Lightings Around Harlem

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

8 Fun Holiday Tree Lightings Around Harlem

Can't make it to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting tonight? No worries—there are plenty of free neighborhood tree lighting events taking place uptown over the next 10 days.

Here are some of the biggest and best, listed in chronological order:

Thursday, November 30 at 5:30pm FREE

East Harlem Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves​

Bring the kids to meet Santa, sing carols and drink hot cocoa while watching the lighting of the magical tree flotilla on the Harlem Meer.

Friday, December 1 at 6:30pm FREE

East Harlem Franklin Plaza, 106th St and Third Ave

Celebrate this year's theme, "Showcasing our cultural diversity," by bringing an ornament that represents your heritage to this annual tree lighting in El Barrio. Head to the free pop-up ice skating rink at White Park Playground (106th St between Lexington and Third Aves) directly after (7pm-9pm; RSVP here).

Friday, December 1 6:30-8pm FREE

West Harlem Montefiore Park, W 138th St and Broadway

Enjoy the lighting of the living tree on the north side of the park at this holiday fiesta.

Saturday, December 2 4:30pm-6pm FREE

West Harlem West Harlem Piers, 125th and Marginal Sts

This tree lighting set against the banks of the magnificent Hudson River features live music, hot chocolate and ornament making.

Saturday, December 2 at 5pm FREE

Central Harlem St. Nicholas Park, West 135th Street Plaza, St. Nicholas Ave and W 135th St

This festive event at the base of the James Baldwin Lawn features one of the park's own living trees. There will be live music, ornament-making and more.

Thursday, December 7 at 5:30pm FREE

Central Harlem Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, W 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd

Santa, train rides, performances and more come together at this public tree lighting in front of the State Office Building on 125th Street.

Saturday, December 9 at 4pm FREE

West Harlem Rink at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, entrance at 145th St and Riverside Drive

This free celebration kicks off with an ice show featuring the Ice Theatre of New York, Figure Skating in Harlem and more, then concludes with a rinkside tree ceremony.

Saturday, December 9 at 5pm FREE

Central Harlem Morningside Park, 121st Street Oval, W 121st St and Morningside Ave

Morningside Park's festive lighting proudly features the tallest living tree in any NYC park.

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