As we anxiously await this year’s tree arrival, we can look forward to the annual tree lighting ceremony that takes over West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues with tens of thousands of multi-colored lights.
If you’re wondering about all the details of this year’s tree lighting, visits, etc., we’ve got (almost) all your questions answered, here!
When will the tree be in Rockefeller Center?
The 2023 Rockefeller Center tree arrived at the plaza on Saturday, November 11th.
When is the tree lighting ceremony?
This year’s tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, November 29th. The tree lighting ceremony will run from 7 – 10pm.
How can I watch it?
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be broadcasted from 8 – 10 pm on NBC and Peacock and in-person viewing is open to the public. It’s first-come, first served, so get as close to 49th St. & 5th Ave as early as possible.
Will there be any special performances?
Last year, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton performed a duet of their holiday single, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” This year, Kelly Clarkson will not only perform but host the two-hour special!
What streets will be closed?
49th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue will be closed everyday through the holiday season after the tree is lit from 5 a.m. – 12 a.m.
We can only hope Fifth Avenue between 48th Street & 57th Street will shut down all car traffic again for “Fifth Avenue for All” like it did last year, but no announcements have been made.
Any other special dates should I know about?
On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the lights on the tree will shine for a full 24 hours. On New Year’s Eve, you can visit the tree anytime from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
How can I visit the tree this year?
Visiting hours for the tree will be from 5 a.m. – 12 a.m. after Wednesday, November 29th.
What else should I do in Rockefeller Center?
Glad you asked! Grab your skates and go for a spin on the iconic Rockefeller ice skating rink opening on October 21st.
For more information, you can always refer to the Rockefeller Center website.