16th Annual East Harlem Holiday Tree  

The East Harlem Holiday Tree is a beacon that symbolizes the persistence of hope and the determination to prevail in the diverse and culturally rich community of East Harlem.  All photos in the slide deck above were taken by Eye of Eve Photography

About Us

Every year since December 2004, a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the East Harlem community have raised the funds to install a huge decorated tree at Franklin Plaza, corner of Third Avenue and East 106th Street. We proudly celebrate the 16th anniversary of our efforts this year. We invite you all to support this year's Holiday Tree. 


A Tribute to Our Community

We’re celebrating our Sweet 16 and we’re looking forward to "blowing out 16 candles on the special cake" we’ll be sharing with the community of East Harlem this coming holiday season—a 17-foot-tall live tree wrapped in silver, white and gold decorations, many of them made from recycled materials. A giant illuminated crown will hang high over the intersection adjacent to the tree, and we will give out tiaras and crowns to the children who attend the tree lighting event on Friday, December 13, 6:30 p.m.



Crown atThird Avenue and 106th . Photo by Eve Valenzuela

We Need Your Help

We depend on donations, large and small, from community based organizations, corporations doing businesses in East Harlem  groups, and individuals.  Please make a tax deductible contribution today!  We now offer online donation capability! Visit the Donate page to find out how.

At the 2019 Tree Lighting Ceremony, JWPIX reporter Monica Morales and singer La Yoli led the countdown in English and Spanish to the official lighting of the tree.

Video by: Kathleen Haskins

Calendar of East Harlem Holiday Tree and Related Holiday Events

Friday, December 13

Franklin Plaza, Third Avenue and 106th Street

5:45 p.m.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Mexican Posada

6:15 p.m.

Amber Charter School Honors Choir

6:30 p.m.

16th Annual East Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting

Hot Chocolate and Clothing Drive with characters from

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Santa handing out crowns and tiaras

23rd Precinct gift distribution

Monday, January 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade

El Museo del Barrio

1230 Fifth Avenue, 104th-105th Streets

Santa greeted the children and gave out crowns and tiaras at the 16th annual 

East Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting event.

Photo by Eye of Eve Photography

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(917) 453-5391

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© 2013 East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee

Find us: 

c/o Union Settlement Association

237 East 104th Street

New York,  NY 10029