The holiday season officially starts in NYC with the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center. Christmas in Manhattan is a whimsical, joyous time of year. New York City goes to great lengths for the most anticipated holiday of the year, and it’s nothing short of magical. From the beautiful display windows on 5th Avenue to the holiday lights all around the city, you’ll be sure to get in the holiday spirit.

Whether you live in NYC or are a visitor, here’s a guide to kick off your holiday festivities with one of the city’s many tree lighting ceremonies:

1.      Zuccotti Park Holiday Lighting

Dec 1 @ 5:15pm

Celebrate the holidays in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Enjoy live music and sweet treats as the park illuminates with thousands of glowing lights!

2.     32nd Annual Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 1 @ 6pm

Santa will be on premises for the lighting ceremony of a glorious 60 foot tree at the South Street Seaport. The area is adorned in holiday décor this time of year. Start your shopping at the Holiday Market, open daily on Fulton Street.

3.     Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 2 @ 7pm

New York City’s most celebrated Christmas tree lighting is free to the public and is known to draw massive crowds with fantastic live musical performances. Visiting hours to see the tree are daily from 5:30am – midnight. The tree remains lit until January 6, 2016. After the tree is taken down, it is donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Get in the holiday spirit and don’t miss out on New York City’s spectacular tree lighting events!

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