‘Twas the day before Christmas and a grand NYC-style tree you were looking to see.
Rockefeller Center was too busy, you said, too busy for me.
But with city so big, with more than a mere fig
You head out to see, yet another wondrous tree!

Bypassing our lame attempt at a Christmas poem, this is our roundup of seven “alternative” Christmas trees to visit in New York City, if you want to avoid the zoo at Rockefeller Center. Also check out our list of 5 quirky things you probably didn’t know about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.

1. Floating Christmas Tree in Central Park’s Harlem Meer

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2. New York Public Library Main Branch

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3. Bartow-Pell Mansion Storybook Christmas Trees Exhibit

The gorgeous Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx is hosting its annual Storybook Christmas Trees exhibit designed by artists from the 5 boroughs and Westchester. Each tree is based on a children’s book and one even involves Legos.

4. Wall Street Christmas Tree

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5. Bryant Park Christmas Tree

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6. Gracie Mansion Christmas Tree

At the top of the Gracie Mansion Christmas Tree is a mini model of Gracie Mansion itself! Though with the latest news that Mayor de Blasio has ended public tours, this tree is now off-limits.

7. Brooklyn Borough Hall Christmas Tree

Here’s a video of the Brooklyn Borough Hall Christmas tree over the years from Brooklyn Heights blog

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