The festive season in NYC is magical – take the kids to see as many of the best trees as possible. Most of the tree viewing is free– but you may want to combine tree viewing with other tours and events, seeing as you are going there anyway.
About: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has become a global symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tree will be lit for the first time this season on November 28 with festivities taking place between7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The tree has already been chosen – a 75-year-old Norway spruce, from Wallkill, New York that is 72 feet high and around 45 feet in diameter, weighing an estimated 12 tons. It will be decorated with 50,000 multicoloured LED lights and a new Swarovski star designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. The tree will, as usual, be set quite high up with the ice-skating rink below and shop windows decorated around the area – visits Saks 5th Avenue, just around the corner, for their amazing window displays. After the season the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for lumber for housing.
When: November 28, 2018, until January 7, 2019.
Contact:212-588-8601 or via the website.
Cost: Free to view.
About: The organizers aren’t giving away much information on exactly what they have planned, but they do invite families to gather around the Madison Square Holiday Tree for a bunch of free seasonal activities they are providing for everyone to enjoy. You can expect music, games, and more.
When: December 6 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.