One of the first public holiday tree lightings took place in Madison Square Park on Dec. 9, 1886. The tree in Madison Square Park was the nation’s first. This year’s tree will be lit in the same park on Dec. 9. The event will be free, and everyone is invited. It will begin at 7 p.m.
New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The Rockefeller Center is a large complex of 22 acres in Midtown Manhattan. It’s located in the financial district of the city and is home to the annual Christmas tree lighting. The complex is comprised of 19 commercial buildings. Besides the tree, the event includes several other holiday festivities.
The tradition of lighting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree dates back to the Great Depression. In the early 1930s, Depression-era construction workers put up the first tree in the center plaza block. Today, the tree can be as tall as 90 feet and has a 45-foot diameter. A ceremony is held to light it each year, and famous performers have performed at the event, including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and Dolly Parton.
The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public. The special will be broadcast live on NBC and on streaming services that carry NBC. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. The event will cause street closures, so plan accordingly. The event will shut down Fifth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 48th to 51st Street.
Boston’s Copley Square
If you want to celebrate the holiday season in Boston, make sure to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting in Copley Square. The annual ceremony is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. It features the lighting of the official Christmas tree as well as the city’s other Christmas trees and bridge. Guests can also meet the Mayor, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. The event closes with a spectacular fireworks display by Atlas PyroVision.
The Copley Square tree lighting is a free, family-friendly event hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of Copley Square. The annual event will feature performances by Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty, as well as music from the Boston Children’s Chorus and Boston Pops Esplanade Brass Ensemble. Local businesses will offer light refreshments during the event.
The annual event has been held for more than 40 years and is free for the public. In addition to the tree lighting, other festivities are held on the Square, including live performances and light shows.
West Harlem’s Hudson River tree
The beautiful holiday decorations along West Harlem’s Hudson River are a great way to get in the holiday spirit. You can also enjoy occasional readings and concerts. The park is also open for public gatherings. However, there are a few things you should know before you visit.
For one thing, the lights will remain on the tree throughout the holiday season. If you are in the area around that time, you can take advantage of special holiday promotions at nearby West Harlem stores. The Hudson River is the best place to get festive gifts, but it’s also a good place to shop for gifts.
There’s a lot of fun to be had during the holidays. The annual Holiday Lights celebration, organized by the Battery Park City Authority, is a great way to kick off the season. There’s hot chocolate, winter arts & crafts, live music, and free food and drinks.
Madison Square Park’s first public holiday tree
The first holiday tree lighting in the country was held in 1912 at Madison Square Park. It was an idea proposed by Emilie D. Lee Herreshoff, who wanted all New Yorkers to be able to enjoy the holiday season. The tradition quickly spread and was repeated in more than 50 cities. In 1916, the city erected the Star of Hope monument to commemorate the occasion. The star still stands in the middle of the park on 23rd Street, marking the site of the first public holiday tree lighting in New York City.
The Madison Square Park Christmas tree began appearing regularly after 1912. Eventually, the heights of the trees rose to around 75 feet. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was illuminated this year at 80 feet. The lighting was accompanied by a lot of fanfare, including church bells and trumpet blasts. After the tree was lit, attendees were treated to free sandwiches and cakes.