NBC News world headquarters at historic Rockefeller Center will once again host Democracy Plaza, an innovative celebration of American democracy and citizenship. Beginning Oct. 30th, the landmark location will transform into the epicenter of election politics, full of opportunities to engage, excite, and empower visitors as they explore the biggest issues in America.
Democracy Plaza, created by NBC News and powered by Windows 8, will feature several interactive exhibits, including: Replicas of the Oval Office and the White House press briefing room where visitors can have their photos taken and instantly shared online. A video booth where visitors can record a mock version of an NBC News report. A news desk and teleprompter make it a realistic broadcast experience that will be shared digitally within minutes. Caricature artist stations where visitors will be able to get unique drawings of themselves with either Pres. Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney. The drawings will be done using the new Fresh Paint app for Windows 8 and be instantly shared with the visitor. Cutting-edge experiences to amplify and analyze the “Voice of the Voter” -- both with visitors on-site and in a broader social media conversation.
Democracy Plaza will also serve as the backdrop for Decision 2012 coverage leading up to and on election day for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, NBC News Channel, NBC 4 New York, and many other networks and broadcasts.
On election night, thousands are expected to gather in the Plaza to watch live coverage of results on large screens throughout the public spaces. The iconic Rockefeller Center skating rink will hold an enormous map of the United States, with individual states icing over in red or blue as the race is called by the NBC News Decision Desk. Red and blue banners representing the number of electoral votes will rise up the front of the building as each campaign climbs toward 270.
Democracy Plaza will be free and open to the public beginning Tuesday, October 30 through election night on Tuesday, November 6. The exhibits will be open from 8:00am - 8:00pm ET.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. This year’s tree will arrive at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. During the time that the tree arrives, a giant crane will hoist it into position in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Once the tree is in place, it will be decorated with more than 30,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights, and crowned by a Swarovski star.
The 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 with live and taped performances from 7–9 PM, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions will watch it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 11pm on January 7th, 2013.