Watch as 45,000 Lights Color the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Tree Lighting Ceremony:
November 30th, 7-9pm
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Everyone knows NYC is a wintry big city dream over the holidays, storefronts colorfully decorated as far as the eye can see. Standing tall in the festive heart of it all is the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a treasured Manhattan holiday tradition since 1933. Every year a towering Norway spruce (usually 75-100 feet tall) makes its way from New England into immortality, etched into the memories of countless children, families, lovers and friends who will gaze at its glowing wonder all season long. It all starts on Wednesday, November 30th, as a star-studded slate of performers ushers in the season with Christmas carols at the 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.
A Few Tips for the Ceremony
Really, it's all about seeing the lights come on for the first time in person, and feeling the holidays come alive for the season. Special decorations cover the ice skating rink, while surrounding buildings are exceptionally lit for the occasion, making for postcard-perfect photos. Unfortunately, not all the musical acts actually perform at Rockefeller, and those that do are next to impossible to see. That said, attending the ceremony is definitely a memory worth making. Just plan to arrive around 3-4pm, and position yourself on either side of the ice skating rink (49th or 50th Street), or in front of Saks Fifth Avenue, facing the tree.
Gorgeously Aglow Through the New Year
No worries if you miss the Lighting Ceremony. You can always see the tree in all its splendor, 5:30am-Midnight until 9pm on January 7th, just 20 minutes from our hotel.