The Bryant Park Christmas Tree
The newest addition to the holiday decorations around town is the Bryant Park Christmas Tree. It is the centerpiece of a the park's Canadian sponsored "Fetes de Noel" celebration for the second year in a row. In the ideal location of 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues the Fetes is part of the Brand Canada campaign to promote Canadian tourism. Also in the park just for the holidays is a FREE skating rink, a restaurant and dozens of tents selling hand-crafted gifts and jewelry.
The Quebec grown Christmas tree stands 15 meters tall (whatever that is), features over 3,500 ornaments and a 2 meter star on top. It was designed by Canadian designer Brian Gluckstein who "wanted it to be very sparkly." And indeed it is. You can't tell from this photo, but up close the tree is literally dripping with glittering icicles, ornaments and beads--it's really quite beautiful actually.
For more information on the Fetes de Noel click here. Check it out if you happen to be near the park, eh?