Lifestyle NYC holiday tree lightings By CAROLINE LINTON Updated December 8, 2014 4:22 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 'Tis the season. Holiday trees are sprouting up throughout the city. There are big, famous events (Rockefeller Center, anyone?), but don't forget about your own neighborhood tree. Winter's Eve in Lincoln Square Photo Credit: Flickr / jazzlog The Lincoln Square tree will be lit at the Winter's Eve Festival, with music, food and performances along Broadway from 63rd to 68th Streets. December 1; 5:30 p.m.; Lincoln Square. Bryant Park Photo Credit: Flickr / rob-young The ice skating rink is open, and now here comes the tree! Ingrid Michaelson and Catey Shaw will perform and there will be skating performances and an appearance by Santa. December 2; 6 p.m.; Bryant Park. Seaport Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Photo Credit: Facebook / South Street Seaport The Seaport Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be hosted by Fox 5's Steve Lacy and will feature performances by Questlove, Bebe Rexha, Margo B., DJ Prostyle, the Harlem Gospel Choir and the String Angels. December 2; 5:45 p.m.; South Street Seaport. Zuccotti Park Holiday Lighting Photo Credit: Flickr / horsepunchkid Zuccotti Park will light not just a tree but also thousands of lights throughout the park. December 3; 5:30 p.m.; Zuccotti Park. Rockefeller Center Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle The most iconic of them all. The 85-foot tree will be lit with 45,000 energy-efficient LED lights. The ceremony will be hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Al Roker and will feature performances by Cyndi Lauper, LeAnn Rimes, the Rockettes, Lady Gaga, Seth MacFarlane and Idina Menzel. December 3; 7 p.m.; Rockefeller Center. 18th Annual Dana Holiday Lighting Photo Credit: centralparknyc.org Not just one tree will be lit in Central Park. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center will be lit up along with trees on the Harlem Meer. The lighting will feature Santa, a live ice carving demonstration, caroling and snacks. December 4; 5:30 p.m.; Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park at 110th St. between 5th and Lenox Avenues. Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting Photo Credit: historicrichmondtown.org The historic village in Staten Island has Santa, shopping and a tour of the historic village, carolers, storytelling, food and more starting at 11 a.m. The day is capped off with a tree lighting at 5 p.m. December 7; Historic Richmondtown; 5 p.m. Holiday Tree Lighting, Carl Schurz Park Photo Credit: carlschurzparknyc.org The Upper East Side park (home to Gracie Mansion, the de Blasios' new residence) will host a tree lighting complete with caroling, candy canes and hot chocolate. December 7; 5 p.m. East End Ave. and East 86th St. Park Avenue Tree Lighting Photo Credit: Brick Presbyterian Church The Fund for Park Avenue pays for trees along Park Avenue to be lit, in honor of Americans killed in wars, according to the The Brick Presbyterian Church. The Brick Presbyterian Church at Park Avenue and 91st St. will host the 70th Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing. Holiday crafts, hot chocolate, cookies and more will be provided. December 7; 6:30 p.m; Park Avenue and 91st St. Mad. Sq. Holiday Photo Credit: Flickr / edenpictures The Madison Square Park tree in 1912 was the first public holiday tree in the U.S., according to the Madison Square Park Conservatory. The 2014 lighting will begin at 3:30 p.m. with free workshops; storytime; music from the New School Jazz Quartet; performers from Motown the Musical; holiday treats and more. December 9; 3:30 p.m.; Madison Square Park. Astoria Holiday Tree Lighting Photo Credit: Astoria Park Alliance Astoria Park's annual holiday tree lighting is new, but that doesn't make it any less special. A blessing, a Chanukah Klezmer, Kwanza songs and Christmas carols performed by the Art House Astoria Community Carolers. December 11; 6:30 p.m.; Astoria Park Great Lawn (19th St. and 23rd Ave.). The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Photo Credit: Flickr / promaine The historic arch will be home to a tree. The ceremony will feature the Rob Susman Quartet as well as holiday songs. An appearance by Santa Claus is expected. December 11; 6 p.m.; Washington Square Park. Central Park Menorah Lighting Photo Credit: Flickr / tasayu The world's largest menorah is located at Grand Army Plaza and West 59th St. The 32-foot high, 4,000-pound menorah will be lit from December 16-23. Lightings will take place at 5:30 p.m. except for Friday, December 19, which will be at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 20 at 8 p.m. By CAROLINE LINTON Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.