Marvel at Christmas trees around the city
Instead of: The tree at Rockefeller Center
Christmas trees are most certainly not a case for “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all,” especially in New York City. The biggest and baddest is the behemoth at Rockefeller Center, and there’s no denying it’s a great starting point. But don’t sleep on the tree at Washington Square Park, a holiday-season fixture for 93 years, and because the park is not usually busy at night, you can bask in its glow sans mobs. Elsewhere, the Met tree is hung with elaborate 18th century baroque ornaments, the Natural History Museum tree features decorative origami, and the tree in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is set in the library’s show-stopping lobby.