12 Christmas Tree Lightings You Won’t Want To Miss

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A tree lighting is one of the most festive ways to get into the holiday Spirit. Nothing quite says Christmas like snow, hot cocoa, singing Christmas carols and of course a holiday tree lighting. If you are hoping to gather some family and friends to see a tree lighting this year, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular events happening in New Jersey and New York City.

Whether you are planning to go to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting or a local tree lighting, get in the holiday spirit in style and book a party bus or limo to drive your family or group. Not only is this the more relaxing option, but it will make your evening feel even more exciting!

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Here are 12 of some of the most festive Christmas tree lighting celebrations in New Jersey and New York City!

Cape May Christmas Tree Lighting

Date: 11/17/18

Time: 6:00pm

Address: Emlen Physick Estate | 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

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Join Santa Claus and Dr. Physick on the Physick Estate for a special Christmas tree lighting.  There will be refreshments served, and guests can enjoy a free self-guided tour of the Physick Estate.

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Princeton Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Palmer Square

Date: 11/23/18

Time: 5:00pm

Address: Palmer Square | 40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

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Kick-off the holiday season by visiting the Green at Palmer Square and watch as they light 32,000 lights atop our 65-foot-tall Norwegian Spruce Christmas tree! After you can take a walk around the town, listen to joyful musical performances and even see Santa!

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Date: 11/26/18

Time: 5:30pm

Address: Columbus Ave &, W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

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The Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square holiday celebration features free entertainment, family fun, outdoor food tastings and much, much more. The event begins with the Upper West Side’s tree lighting ceremony located at Dante Park.  Then the celebration continues in public spaces, in select indoor venues and along the sidewalks of Lincoln Square, the gateway to the Upper West Side, from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 70th Street – in and around Broadway. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.  

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Central Park Conservancy 21st Annual Holiday Lighting

Date: 11/29/18

Time: 5:30pm

Address: 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

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Join Santa and his friends in Central Park to sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event also includes a festive lighting of a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

The Ryland Inn Holiday Tree Lighting

Date: 11/29/18

Time: 6:00pm

Address: 115 Old Hwy 28, White House Station, NJ 08889

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The event is perfect for all ages. They will have horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday cookies, music, carolers and even Santa himself will be making an appearance! They also encourage everyone to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Date: 11/30/18

Time: 6:00pm

Address: 115 Old Hwy 28, White House Station, NJ 08889
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Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a festive holiday tree lighting with free horse and buggy rides, hot chocolate, candy and music by the Henry Hudson acapella choir.

The 99th Annual Crosswicks Christmas Tree Lighting

Date: 12/02/18

Time: 5:30pm

Address: The Crosswicks Community House, 480 Main St., Crosswicks, NJ 08515

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Kick off the holiday season right by coming down to watch the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and caroling provided by the Girl Scouts, and even catch a glimpse of Santa as he is escorted by the Union Fire Company to visit the children! ​

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival

Date: 12/02/18

Time: 1:00pm

Address: Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12210

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This is a spectacular holiday event featuring the stunning lighting of the official New York State Holiday Tree at the Empire State Plaza. Both the Taste of NY Holiday Market at New York State Museum and the Great Train Extravaganza take place the same day. This is full day of fun holiday-themed events is sure to get you in the holiday spirit and even better the night ends with a fireworks display!

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NYBG Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Date: 12/02/18

Time: 4:00pm

Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126

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Visit NYBG for a special tree lighting in their Visitor Center where you’ll also be able to join in on an old-fashioned sing-along with an New York City based musical group.  

Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-tacular

Date: 12/04/18

Time: 6:00pm

Address: Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018

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The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular features performances by Olympic skaters Johnny Weir, Kaetlyn Osmond, Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and Jeremy Abbott. The night is led by a celebrity narrator who reads an original Christmas tale. As the story unfolds, the characters are brought to life by world-class skaters on the ice leading up to the finale with tree lighting and  fireworks.

Washington Square Park Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony    

Date: 12/05/18

Time: 6:00pm

Address: Washington Square Park New York, NY 10012

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Join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet to sing joyful holiday songs as their beautiful holiday tree is lit. Santa Claus will also be joining the festivities to hand out candy canes to little ones.The Washington Square Association will also be providing visitors with songbooks.

Holiday on the Hudson

Date: 12/08/18

Time: 4:30pm

Address: 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Piers, Manhattan

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Head down to the Hudson River for their holiday tree lighting party. Join their festive celebration filled with live music, dancing, tree decoration making, and delicious hot chocolate!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Date: 11/28/18

Time: 7:00pm

Address: Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues

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Of course a list of holiday tree lightings wouldn’t be complete without the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. Probably, the most well-known and watched tree lighting in America, thousands gather live every year in Rockefeller Center Plaza to watch the tree be lit. The event is complete with live singers and entertainment and tons of Christmas cheer!

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