18th 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 17th anniversary of our efforts this year. We invite you all to support this year's Holiday Tree. 

A Return to Normalcy?


The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee is excited to announce that, barring a major upsurge in Covid-19 cases this fall, we will have an in-person 18th annual East Harlem Holiday Tree lighting event on Friday, December 2, 2021 (rain date December 9). The tree will remain in place until after Three Kings Day on January 6, 2022.

We have been meeting regularly via Zoom and are working on a new, mobile-friendly website, which we plan to unveil this summer/early fall. We have also chosen a theme: Celebration! Bright Lights, Bright Moments. It will indeed be a celebratory moment for the community!

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 Benson

Calendar of East Harlem Holiday Tree and Related Holiday Events

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.

Harlem Tree 2019 19 Santa and excited li

Friday, December 2, 6 p.m (rain date Friday, December 9)

18th Annual East Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting


Watch the 2020 Virtual Tree Lighting event here:

YouTube: 17th Annual East Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting

Facebook: EHHolidayTree

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