The Christmas trees of New York City

By now, most of you know that I love New York City. I also have a slight obsession with Christmas. Luckily for me, those two things converge beautifully, and every December New York City becomes the most magical place on earth.

The trend is to put a gigantic tree in the middle of every public space and deck it out for the holiday. Everywhere you turn in Manhattan, you find yourself face-to-face with another Christmas tree. While the Rockefeller tree is by far the most famous, complete with a live televised lighting every year, all of the trees are truly phenomenal. This year, I’ve made it my mission to seek out as many as possible.

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The tree at South Street Seaport is decorated with a classic Christmas theme: tiny gold bulbs, silver and gold ornaments, the occasional snowflake. This was my favorite tree to visit due to the lack of crowds on a weekday afternoon.

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The tree at Bryant Park – which also features the annual Winter Village – has a more patriotic theme, featuring blue bulbs. It seems a little out of place with the season, but the weather has been downright balmy, so I could easily be tricked into thinking this is a Fourth of July tree.

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The tree at Madison Square Park is the ugly duckling of the bunch. It looks like it was hastily decorated by someone throwing leftover wrapping paper at it – sorry not sorry. I’m not even quite sure what they were going for here, but the view in of the Flatiron building is worth the visit anyway.

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I love the way the tree at Washington Square Park is framed by the arch – and although I grumble about the early sunsets, it’s lovely to walk past this one every afternoon on my way to the late shift.

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Of course I can’t post about the trees of New York without including the one at Rockefeller – especially since Rockefeller Plaza is my favorite place in the city. There is a reason this one is famous, and it’s worth squeezing past millions of bodies on a Saturday evening to get the perfect photo – once.

What’s your favorite tree in New York? Did I miss any?

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