Skipping the Rockefeller Center Tree this year? Not to worry—there are plenty of terrific holiday trees uptown. Bonus: many feature living trees.
Here are some of the biggest and best, listed from south to north:
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves
This year's lighting of the tree flotilla on the Harlem Meer went virtual, and the video—including a live rendition of "Joy to the World" by Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem—is up for all to see. Better yet, take a walk to the Meer at dusk and see the lights in person.
Through January 10
• Big blue spruce, near the pool at Fifth Ave and 124th St
• Three evergreens, near 120th St and Fifth Ave
Take a tour of Marcus Garvey Park's holiday trees—four in all—after dusk to see them all aglow.
Morningside Ave and w 121st St
Head to this popular Harlem park to see the tallest holiday tree in Manhattan after the biggie in Rockefeller Center.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd
Some are saying the holiday tree in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building on 125th Street is even nicer than Rockefeller Center's.
West Harlem Piers Park, W 125th St and the Hudson River
Come for the holiday tree, stay for the magnificent Hudson River views.
135th Street Plaza, St. Nicholas Ave and W 135th St
Due to Covid, participants at this year's annual tree lighting were asked to bring their own ornaments and hang them individually.
Audubon Ave and W 165th St
The owners of Coogan's, which closed earlier this year, donated the lights for this community tree.