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What You Need To Know About This Year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

What You Need To Know About This Year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

There’s nothing like the holiday season in NYC, and nothing marks it quite as fully as the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

Almost ready in Rockefeller Plaza, the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be displayed between West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues.

If you’re wondering about this year’s tree lighting, visits, etc., we’ve got (almost) all your questions answered, here!

When will the tree be in Rockefeller Center?

It’s already there! Quite bare though. The tree arrived from Oneonta, New York on Saturday, Nov. 14, and is currently in the process of being decked out. Check out some photos and videos of it being put up here!

When is the tree lighting ceremony?

This year’s tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

How can I watch it?

Unfortunately no New Yorker will be able to witness the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in person this year. Instead, everyone will have to watch it on TV, via NBC from 7 to 10 p.m.

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 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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How can I visit the tree this year?

As for the big question: Rockefeller Center hasn’t answered that yet. They do promise to release further details in the coming days, of how they will be managing crowds in a COVID-19-safe way.

After those steps are revealed, visiting hours for the tree will be from 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.

What else should I do in Rockefeller Center?

Glad you asked! You can of course go ice skating on the iconic ice rink, which opens Nov. 21, City Winery just reopened their wine garden igloos on the plaza (plus a new rink-side cafe), and you can check out the International Night Market that made its way from Queens.

For all aspects of the tree, you can always refer to the Rockefeller Center website for more info and updates.

featured image source: Rockefeller Center