There’s no question. New York City transforms into something magical this time of year. And residents and tourists alike flock to the bustling NYC streets in anticipation of the next big holiday celebration and momentous occasion.
From retail shopping to wintery snowscapes and lights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and even the grumpiest of humbugs start to feel the cheer. But one particular event might shine brighter than all the others, capable of swelling even the Grinch’s heart to 10x its tiny size.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting festivities and ceremony have officially been announced. And here’s the where, when, and what to expect you need to know so you can witness this holiday tradition.
Mark Your Calendars
Nothing marks the kickoff of the holiday season quite like the lighting of the official tree at Rockefeller Center. This year, the lighting will take place November 30th during the lighting ceremony slated for 7:00 PM. Once lit, this iconic tree will remain aglow through January 15th, 2023.
Typically, the official Rockefeller Center tree arrives mid-November, where it remains until after Thanksgiving and the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzies. This iconic tree is traditionally a Norway Spruce, and last year’s tree stood 79 feet tall. The Rockefeller Center tree is donned with 50,000 multi-colored LED lights that stretch over five miles. A Swarovski crystal tops the tree like a brilliant cherry. And upon its lighting, visitors are bathed in a glowing light display you won’t find anywhere else.
Other Festivities in Rockefeller Center
In addition to the estimated two-hour lighting ceremony, there are a host of other activities happening so you can plan your evening. Look for announcements about:
- The Tree Lighting Dinner Gala at Rockefeller Center
- The 2- Day Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Extravaganza with the Gala, Rockettes & Holiday Tour
- Rockefeller Center Ice Skating
The Symbolism of the Tree
The Rockefeller Center tree is said to represent humanity and kindness throughout the world. And when you plan to attend, here’s an insider tip. Arrive from 5th Avenue and stroll through the horn-blowing angels, said to represent Prometheus and hope. The gold statue in Rockefeller Plaza symbolizes the Greek legend of the Titan, responsible for bringing fire to mankind.
Once you’ve finished celebrating Thanksgiving and are ready to ring in the holiday season, head down to Rockefeller Center on November 30th. You’ll witness the most brilliant spectacle with the tree-lighting ceremony and area festivities.
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