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2010 Archive


Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be illuminated for the first time this holiday season on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, with performances from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The two-hour long program features various celebrity appearances and a star-studded musical lineup. The tree will be lit daily from 5:30 A.M.-11:30 P.M.; all day on Christmas (24 hours); and from 5:30 A.M.-9 P.M. on New Year’s Eve. The world's most famous Tree will be on display until January 7th, 2010.

MS Climb to the Top


Sunday, February 28, 2010; 6:30 AM Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center®

The New York City Chapter of the National MS Society will host Climb to the Top on Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 6:30 a.m. at Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center. This unique charity stair climb event is expected to draw approximately 1,000 participants who will climb 66 floors to Rockefeller Center’s historic observation deck. The event will help raise awareness and vital funds in support of research and programs and services for people living with MS, their friends and families.

HSBC Presents Wimbledon 2010 at Rockefeller Center

Official Wimbledon sponsor HSBC brings an authentic tournament experience to NYC with “HSBC presents Wimbledon 2010 at Rockefeller Center”- a week of free activities Monday, June 21- Friday, June 25, from 7am-7pm daily. Play tennis on Manhattan’s only grass court, sample traditional Wimbledon treat strawberries & cream, play Wii tennis, get tips for the pros at Prince, and more.

To celebrate the first day of Wimbledon on Monday, June 21 from 12-1pm, former world #1 ranked players Jim Courier and Monica Seles will play with select fans on the grass court. Syracuse tennis coach and former French Open doubles champ Luke Jensen will call the plays.

Yoga Rocks

Yoga Rocks... a yoga class like no other.

Yoga at The Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Start your day off with an exhilirating yoga class while enjoying unparalleled views of the city.

Yoga Rocks is complimentary to the members of The Sports Club/LA - Rockefeller Center. Guests are welcome to attend at $25 per class. Members and guests will meet at The Sports Club/LA at 45 Rockefeller Plaza at 6:15am. The class wil be escorted to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza promptly at 6:30am.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Reserve your spot by contacting Lisa Gausepohl at 212.218.8600 or via email at

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Jeff Lewis

House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year returns to Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on July 19, featuring an all-new design by Jeff Lewis. As the premier authority on American design and decoration, House Beautiful marks its third weeklong ultimate kitchen celebration. Presented in tandem with “Tastes of Summer,” the outdoor food festival featuring Rockefeller Center’s premier restaurants, House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year is a don’t-miss destination for culinary enthusiasts, design lovers, and anyone looking for an entertaining experience in the kitchen.

The Kitchen of the Year will be open daily from Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. the rest of the week). Each day, cooking demonstrations and tastings, tours and presentations on everything kitchen design-related will be offered.

In addition to opening the Kitchen of the Year, House Beautiful will also present “Tastes of Summer” on Rockefeller Plaza, which will offer visitors a sampling of delicious food and beverages for a nominal fee from some of New York City’s most renowned restaurants daily from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. from Tuesday, July 20, through Thursday, July 22.

Bar 30

Rockefeller Center and House Beautiful magazine announce the opening of Bar 30 by House Beautiful, a new summer bar and lounge in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza. What was House Beautiful’s “Kitchen of the Year” has been transformed by designer Jeff Lewis into another culinary destination. The 2,000 square-foot will officially open July 26th and will remain open through August 22nd, from 11 AM – 10 PM daily.

Farmers Market at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center will once again be the midtown home of its famous New York City Greenmarket. The Rockefeller Center Farmers Market, sponsored by Ocean Spray, will be open Wednesday-Friday July 28th – September 3rd, at Rockefeller Center Plaza, 50th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. Each week, the Plaza will be brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and baked goods, all from regional farmers. The weekly market is free and open to the public.

Greenmarket is a Program of the Council on the Environment of NYC. The Rockefeller Center market location is sponsored by Ocean Spray.

Fashions Night Out at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center will host an exciting evening of live music and world-class shopping to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out on Friday, September 10, 2010, at Rockefeller Center, from 6:00PM to 11:00PM between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan.

The evening will feature musical performances by Brooklyn-based bands BEAR HANDS, BRAHMS and SAVOIR ADORE.  Visitors can take advantage of the various deals at participating retailers throughout Rockefeller Center as part of Fashion’s Night Out.  A complete list of participating retailers is available here.

For more information about Fashion’s Night Out visit Fashion’s Night Out is an initiative supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, the City of New York, and Vogue.

Starlight Music Festival

Visit the 67th floor observation deck at Top of the Rock for a fall showcase music series every Wednesday from 6-8 PM, September 22nd – October 6th. Enjoy the city at sunset with wine and champagne* provided by Rock Center Café and hot chocolate and sweet treats provided by La Maison du Chocolat. The lineup includes:

Wednesday, September 22nd – The Alan Harris Band Wednesday, September 29th – Tactylics Wednesday, October 6th – Sean Harkness

All performances are 6-8 PM. Enjoy the Starlight Music Series free with price of admission. To purchase your ticket now, click here or call 212-698-2000.

*Alcoholic beverages and hot chocolate will be available for purchase during all performances. Alcoholic beverages available only to guests 21 years of age and older. Valid ID required.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog

Ocean Spray Serves-Up More than Cranberries at Big Apple Bog

Special Guest Martha Stewart Dines Inside Cranberry Bog with New York City Youth to Launch Cooperative’s Families Feeding Families Campaign

This fall Ocean Spray is serving-up more than cranberries at its 1,500-square-foot cranberry bog in . The grower-owned cooperative, best known for its signature cranberry sauces, snacks and juice drinks, is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit early by inviting culinary maestro Martha Stewart, host of “The Martha Stewart Show” on Hallmark Channel, to host a pre-Thanksgiving meal inside its Big Apple Bog, Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Seated at a 50-foot-long kids’ table and surrounded by more than 2,000 lbs of floating cranberries, Martha Stewart will be joined by 45 lucky kids from New York public schools, dressed in waders and ready to enjoy the meal of a lifetime. At the table, the largest ever installed at Ocean Spray’s bog in Rockefeller Center®, children will be treated to an array of fun, fall-themed crafts and kid-friendly Thanksgiving dishes prepared using Martha Stewart recipes available at

A staple on America’s Thanksgiving tables for more than 80 years, Ocean Spray is hosting the event to kick-off the cooperative’s “Families Feeding Families” campaign in partnership with Share Our Strength® to raise awareness about childhood hunger in America.

“Every child deserves a seat at the table,” said Martha Stewart. “Today is about pledging to help people live better by providing children with access to the food they need to live healthy, active lives. I’m proud to lend my support to raise awareness for the cause and hope to inspire others to get involved.”

No Kid Hungry™ Pledge

Keeping in mind that nearly one in every four American children will fail to receive enough food to remain healthy this fall, Ocean Spray and Share Our Strength® are inviting families across the country to join their efforts in taking Share Our Strength’s® No Kid Hungry™ pledge to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Consumers are encouraged to join the fight online by pledging to make a difference in their communities at

“In the world’s richest nation, no child should ever go hungry,” said Larry Martin, vice president of marketing at Ocean Spray. “There are more than 700 grower-families in our cooperative, some third, fourth and fifth generation, all of whom place a high degree of worth on the next generation. This fall, Ocean Spray growers are investing in the next generation by sharing the bounty of their harvest and partnering with Share Our Strength® to end childhood hunger in America.”

Schedule of Events

There are a variety of things to see and do at this year’s Big Apple Bog:

  • Preview the kids’ table, 2 – 5 p.m., Oct. 19
  • NYC youth dine at kids’ table in bog, 3 – 5 p.m., Oct. 19
  • Enjoy a live taping of “The Martha Stewart Show,” 4 – 5 p.m., Oct. 19
  • Learn about the taste, health and heritage of the cranberry from third, fourth and fifth generation cranberry growers, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 19, 20, and 21
  • Meet the comical characters from Ocean Spray’s ads, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oct. 20

Revealing Mexico Week

To Commemorate The Bicentennial Of Mexican Independence And The Centennial Of The Mexican Revolution, “Revealing Mexico Week” Will Celebrate The Culture And People Of Mexico With A Weeklong Series Of Special Events In The Heart Of New York City.

The fall of 2010 marks a historic period for Mexico, as the country commemorates both its bicentennial anniversary of independence from Spain and the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Hosted by Tishman Speyer, and supported by the Embassy of Mexico and its Consulate General in New York, “Revealing Mexico Week” will give the people of New York City the opportunity to participate first-hand in the special celebration from October 25th through October 31st in Rockefeller Center.

“Revealing Mexico Week” will honor the traditions and people of Mexico, while also spotlighting the country’s unique contemporary culture through a weeklong series of events, including:  a special photography installation and artist book signing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, a highly anticipated culinary tasting with one of Mexico’s top chefs, and free concert performances ranging from classical to the cutting edge of modern Mexican music.

The “Revealing Mexico Photography Exhibit” will display twenty-four striking black & white images from photographer John Mack’s and writer Susanne Steines’ newly released book “Revealing Mexico” –from which the concept of the Rockefeller Center event was founded. The photographs will be on display from October 25th through October 31st in the world-renowned Channel Gardens.  John Mack and Susanne Steines will also take part in a book signing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store at Rockefeller Center on October 27th from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. (  As part of MasterCard’s Priceless NYC program that is currently running, they will be rewarding a group of lucky cardholders on Oct 27 with a private tour of the exhibit hosted by John Mack.  Consumers simply have to log on to to participate. 

Schedule of Events:

A taste of modern Mexican cuisine will take place at the “Rock Center Café” at 4:00p.m. on October 26th, as the country’s top-rated chef Martha Ortiz (owner of Mexico City’s hottest new restaurant, Dulce Patria) showcases her critically praised signature dishes.  Mexican themed menu items and cocktails will also be integrated into the Rock Center Café’s menu for the entire week.

Highlighting Mexico’s long tradition of classical music, the young artists of Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano (SIVAM) will host the first-ever “Opera in the Rink” with a performance on the evening of October 26thSIVAM is a non-profit institution dedicated to music education for children and the promotion of the Fine Arts in Mexico.

Later that night of October 26th, fans of modern Mexican music will gather in Rockefeller Center for a free concert by the Nortec Collective’s Bostich + Fussible.  Echoing the wide critical praise for the Grammy-nominated ensemble, NPR recently raved: “This is the sound for a new Mexico: The Tijuana-based Nortec Collective makes a soundtrack for a digital generation, with a mix of traditional norteno accordions, turntables, and electronica.”

REVEALING MEXICO WEEK is a production of The Argus Group and has been made possible by the generosity of culturally conscious partners including Presenting Sponsor MasterCard, and supporting sponsors such as Verizon, Banorte, Aeromexico, Cemex, SIVAM and Gutsa with the participation of the Mexican Tourism Board.

Halloween Spooktacular

Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® will welcome children and families to a fun Halloween experience on Sunday, October 31, 2010, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Children can enjoy face painting, magic shows, crafts and sweet treats while the whole family will enjoy the stunning, 360-degree panorama of New York City. Activities are free with admission.

Real Simple® Pop-Up Shop Presented By Kodak

Check off your gift list (and your wish list) with Real Simple magazine's first-ever pop-up shop. Stop by from 10am to 8pm to experience gift ideas, food tastings, goodie bags, and shopping designed to make the holidays merrier, brighter?and a whole lot easier. Plus, check out the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree redemption center by Kodak! For details, go to

Merry Tuba Christmas 2010

Merry Tuba Christmas 2010

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is celebrating its 37th Anniversary (1974-2010).

Created by Harvey Phillips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2010 concerts will be presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902). Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect - through William J. Bell - to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage.

Swarovski Star Unveiling

Swarovski, the leading designer of fashion jewelry, will unveil the crystal star that will crown the 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The star's 12 rays are outfitted with 720 LED bulbs on 3,000 feet of wire to create a dazzling, twinkling effect through customized light sequencing programmed by a complex computer system.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Iconic Tree Event to Kick-Off Holidays in New York City The 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 with live and taped performances from 7 P.M. – 9 P.M., at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. Tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony broadcast live across the globe.

The tree will be illuminated from 5:30 A.M. – 11:30 P.M. daily, all day (24 hours) on Christmas Day and 5:30 A.M. – 9 P.M. on New Year’s Eve. For more information, the public can call 212-632-3975.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 with live and taped performances from 7 P.M. - 9 P.M., at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. Tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony broadcast live across the globe. The tree will be displayed in the plaza for all to enjoy through Friday, January 7. 2011.

Kodak Holiday Pop-Up Shop

As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives. Visit the Kodak Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Rockefeller Center this holiday season where Kodak will showcase the new PYNK Smart Print System, an easy to use system where photos can be printed to fit PYNK enabled collage frames. During your visit, make sure you get a Kodak photographer to take your picture in front of the 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

More than 75 million people worldwide manage, share and create photo gifts online at KODAK Gallery—join today at Choose from the widest selection of KODAK Digital Cameras, All-in-One Inkjet Printers, Pocket Video Cameras and more at 2010 KODAK and PYNK are trademarks of Kodak.