Christmas Trees To Visit In NYC

New York becomes mighty green the month of December…everywhere you look there are pines and spruces gracing the landscape. From offices and apartment building lobbies, to restaurants and hotels, to museums and parks, there are Christmas trees galore as far as the eye can see. While all the tree lightings have already taken place this season, that sure doesn’t stop you from taking a tour around the city to visit some of the most famous ones. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best places to see Christmas trees in Manhattan.

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Christmas Trees At Famous Landmarks

When one thinks of Christmas trees in Manhattan, the first thing to pop into your mind is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! While this attracts tourists from all over the world (and thus can get very crowded), the benefit of visiting this famous tree is there is so much to do in the Midtown East area besides just take a photo underneath the tree. To start, you can take a spin around the ice skating rink, while also watching the light and sound show at Saks Fifth Avenue right across the street. Then, get some shopping done at stores in Rockefeller Center, such as Anthropologie (for the fashionista in your life), the Lego Store (for your favorite little kid who loves building things), and Teuscher Chocolates (for your friend with a sweet tooth). Finally, head over to one of the local restaurants, such as Bill’s Bar & Burger to fuel up!

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Another famous Christmas tree is the Bryant Park tree. Bryant Park has an entire Winter Village on premises this time of year, which includes unique shops to pop into for gifting, food stands, ice skating, and a daily calendar of activities that are free for everyone! Some of these include juggling lessons, a reading room with a wide selection of books and reading materials available, Christmas crafts for kids, and even early morning boot camp workouts to help ward off those extra cookie calories.

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Let’s not forget the Downtown legends, the New York Stock Exchange Holiday Tree and the South Street Seaport Christmas Tree. Glenwood residents living in Barclay Tower and Liberty Plaza will love the convenience of viewing these trees in all their twinkled glory. They’re actually relatively close to each other, by New York standards, so you can view them both, then check out a film at the famous iPic theater (they have reclining seats, delicious food, and even blankets to cuddle up into while you watch the film!), visit the famous Wall Street bull, or even warm up with a visit to the free National Museum of the American Indian.

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Christmas Trees In Museums

If you prefer to stay warm while you peruse trees, head to your favorite museum. The Upper East Side’s MET Museum is famous for their cherub tree, which showcases beautiful angels watching over the nativity at the tree’s base. You can then head to their restaurant and enjoy a lovely cup of tea and a festive treat to warm up, after exploring a few of the museum’s wings, of course.

Another uptown favorite is at the Westside’s American Museum of Natural History, the origami tree. All the little paper designs (which are inspired by the museum’s collections) are folded by volunteers, who start 9 months ahead of time! This one is particularly fascinating for children.

And finally, don’t forget to visit the tree in the lobby of your own Glenwood apartment building. Maybe bring a cup of warm cocoa down to your doorman, and catch up with your neighbors for a few minutes? And if you’re bringing a tree into your home this year and prefer not to deal with the hassle of a live tree, consider these Christmas tree alternatives for apartments. Because as beautiful as NYC is this time of year, there’ss truly no place like your home for the holidays.

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