12. The Floating Trees in Central Park

Photograph Courtesy of The Central Park Conservancy

One of the most interesting alternatives to the big tree at Rockefeller Center is the trio of trees floating on the Harlem Meer in Central Park. The first iteration of the floating decoration was a single tree attached to a floating platform in 2011. The idea behind bringing the tree outside of the nearby Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and into the meer (which is Dutch for lake) was to bring more focus to the water.