Tonight's lighting of the Rockefeller Center Tree is a symbolic start of holiday celebration for people tuning in nationwide via their tvs and computers. Despite living in Manhattan and having easy access to Rock Center, I can't bear the crowd and choose to watch from the comfort of my couch with a mug of peppermint hot chocolate in hand.

But what's a holiday fanatic to do when you still have a need to scratch the community-tree/menorah-lighting-itch? Find a more manageable event! Here are a few of my picks:

Grand Army Plaza Menorah
Sunday, December 1-8 at 5:30 pm
NYC boasts the world's largest menorah and it's home is in Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza. Hannukah starts this Wednesday and thus the first candle on the menorah will be lit, joined by another each night for eight nights. Every night you can enjoy folk dancing and sufganiyot (holiday jelly doughnuts) but Sunday's lighting will include music, gelt for children and hot latkes. (

Columbia University Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 2nd
Head to College Walk (116th St and Broadway) and partake in the University's annual tradition. Enjoy performances by various student groups. Not sure of the time yet, but I'm guessing around nightfall. Update to come.

Woodside Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 4th at 6pm
The Woodside community tree will be in Sohncke Square Park (58th Street between Roosevelt & Woodside Avenues). Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies while listening to carolers and waiting for the the guest of honor, Santa.

Madison Square Holiday
Tuesday, December 7th at 4:30 pm
The tree in Madison Square has been a tradition since 1912. The tree lighting at nightfall, treats will be provided by Benvenuto Caffe Restaurant, and family friendly holiday music will fill the air. The tree will be located at the Northern Reflecting Pool in Madison Square Park.

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