Bryant Park


Christmas Tree Arrives in the Park

Donated by the Fries Family of Wallkill, New York, the 50-foot Norway Spruce is ready to be lit up on December 2 at the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular.

Ever since we began our tradition of having a holiday tree at Bryant Park, we have benefitted greatly from the generosity of friends of the park who want to share their great natural fortune by donating a tree.

This year is no different. Last week, we received a magnificent 50-foot Norway Spruce donated by the Fries Family, who live in Wallkill, Ulster County. The tree was planted 40 years ago as part of a berm to shield the yard from wind, but over the years, grew too large. The owners are sad to see it go, but are pleased that the tree will now be used in this holiday celebration. We offer our gratitude for this generous gift.

The gorgeous tree is now standing on the Upper Terrace, just east of The Rink. We’re busy decorating it so don’t worry, it will be ready for our big Tree Lighting Skate-tacular featuring Olympian Johnny Weir ceremony on Friday, December 2.      

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