Christmas time in NYC: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Christmas time in NYC: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree



The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City is the most iconic symbol in America of the holidays, and probably worldwide.

Christmas at Rockefeller Center, 2008  Christmas time in NYC: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2009 tree 1 courtesy of tishman speyer photographer bart barlow

For those who’ve been playing around the streets of the Big Apple, you can already see the tree been built. The plan is to lit it for the first time on Wednesday, December 3 with live performances from 7–9 PM, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.


Besides the tree, the angels are set up to welcome you, the lights are on and the ice rink below is already crowded, all decked out in its finest holiday bling.


Tens of thousands will assist from the sidewalks for the event, a little bit different from the empty space Macauley Culkin had when left alone in New York, in the iconic movie Home Alone 2! But in case you can’t be there, it will have live coverage – there’s your shot.


The crowning moment comes when the switch is flipped and the Swarovski star–topped tree’s tens of thousands of (energy-efficient LED) lights come alive. Expect nothing less than plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” from the crowd.


If you can’t make it to the big event, the tree will remain lit through January 7, 2015, until 8pm. It’ll worth a thousand.


Written by guest blogger Sara Meneses

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