NYC Christmas trees: Public lightings, viewings and more

Want to check out a New York City Christmas tree without the Rockefeller Center crowds?

Though the biggest tree in town is lit up at Rockefeller Plaza, there are plenty of other Christmas trees that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Check out another tree on display around the city, from South Street Seaport to Washington Square Park.

Don’t be a grinch: Go see these NYC Christmas trees.

Grand Army Plaza Holiday Tree

See The Grand Army Plaza transform into a winter wonderland. The Memorial Arch will be adorned with sparking lights and beneath it will be a dazzling holiday tree. (Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)

Park Slope Christmas tree and menorah

See the lights in Park Slope at the J.J. Byrne Playground, where a Christmas tree and larger-than-life menorah are on display for the holidays. (Fifth Avenue near Fourth Street, Brooklyn)

The Mall at Bay Plaza Christmas trees

It looks a lot like Christmas at this Bronx mall. After you find those last-minute gifts, take a seat and admire the five festively adorned trees. (200 Baychester Ave., the Bronx)


New York Botanical Garden

After you check out the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show, take a walk around the bend and park yourself by the Leon Levy Visitor Center, where there are fir trees lit up for the season. (2900 Southern Blvd., Manhattan)

Waldorf Astoria

If you're strolling down Park Avenue, take a peek at this iconic building's lobby display, which features a 16-foot tree made of gilded magnolia leaves, and decorated with 3,000 lights. (301 Park Ave., Manhattan)

Bryant Park's Winter Village tree

Check out Bryant Park's Winter Village, complete with more than 125 boutique shops, an ice skating rink and, of course, a massive Christmas tree. (41 W. 40th St., Manhattan)

Seaport District tree

Trek through the Seaport District's cobblestone streets to see the glorious holiday tree. (19 Fulton St., Manhattan)

Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas tree

This museum's 20-foot tree stands tall against the backdrop of the medieval sculpture hall and is adorned with 18th century Neapolitan angels, cherubs and other crèche figures. Christmas music plays in the background while a grand Nativity scene is displayed at its base. (1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan,

NYSE Christmas tree

The longstanding NYC tradition to light up Wall Street with holiday cheer is still going strong. Visit the beautiful tree in front of the historic New York Stock Exchange building. (Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place, Manhattan)

Park Avenue trees

More than 70 years ago, these trees were planted as a way to pay tribute to the men and women who died in World War II. They continue to symbolize peace and sacrifice. (Brick Presbyterian Church, 1140 Park Ave., Manhattan)

Madison Square Park tree

This park has seen beautifully adorned, community-lit Christmas trees since 1912. Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Madison Square Park.

Washington Square Park tree

The Washington Square Arch is brightened by a 45-foot Christmas tree that is lit daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Washington Square North and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan)

'Origami Holiday Tree' at the American Museum of Natural History

For more than 30 years, the American Museum of Natural History has displayed the unusual 13-foot tree that bears more than 800 hand-folded decorations inspired by the museum's exhibits. (Central Park West and 79th Street, Manhattan,

Lincoln Center's Upper West Side holiday tree

If you're strolling around Lincoln Center, take a moment to admire the Upper West Side holiday tree in Dante Park. (Broadway and 63rd Street, Manhattan)

Roosevelt Hotel’s tree

Sip on some Champagne at the iconic Madison Club Lounge while admiring the second annual tree at the Roosevelt Hotel. (45 E. 45th St., Manhattan)