‘Tis The Season for An Origami Tree and Several Holiday Tree Lightings Around the Neighborhood

Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, AMNH/R. Mickens

On Monday morning, November 25th, the American Museum of Natural History kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of its annual Origami Holiday Tree. In honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary, the 13-foot tree is decorated with more than 150 origami models of theropod dinosaurs, including T. rex, as well as other Museum icons like the blue whale. The Origami Holiday Tree will be on display in the first floor Grand Gallery of the Museum from November 25, 2019 — January 12, 2020. Volunteers will be on hand to teach the art of paper folding to visitors.

On Monday evening, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. a tree-lighting ceremony at Dante Park on Broadway between 63rd & 64th Streets will begin the festival of Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, featuring rock icon Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes. The festival will take place starting from The Shops at Columbus Circle to 70th Street – on and around Broadway. There will be free entertainment, food tastings and more, lasting until 9 p.m.

Tavern on the Green‘s annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 5 p.m. in the courtyard of the restaurant, which is located at 67th Street & Central Park West. Look for carolers, free cider, hot chocolate and “bites.” This holiday season, the restaurant will be partnering for a third consecutive year with West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH), a non-profit organization helping alleviate hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services. In an effort to give back this Giving Tuesday, 5% of all Tavern on the Green proceeds made from the tree lighting festivities will be donated to the WSCAH.

And on Thursday, December 5th will be the 23rd annual Central Park Holiday Lighting, held from 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m., inside the Park at 110th between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. Meet Santa, sing carols, and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies.The evening concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer. Event is rain, snow, or shine.

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