7 festive holiday trees in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Dec 25, 2020


7 magical holiday trees to visit in Harlem and beyond
Photo: Central Park Conservancy

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:



24th Annual Holiday Lights at the Harlem Meer

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.




Christmas Trees All Aglow in Marcus Garvey Park

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 Park holiday tree

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.




Harlem tree on 125th Street

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.



Summer on the Hudson, Riverside Park

West Harlem Piers Park, W 125th St and the Hudson River

Come for the holiday tree, stay for the magnificent Hudson River views.



St. Nicholas Park Tree: Covid Edition

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.




McKenna Square tree

Audubon Ave and W 165th St

The owners of Coogan's, which closed earlier this year, donated the lights for this community tree.



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