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The Channel Gardens In Bloom

Throughout the year, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens blooms in uniquely themed plant installations that transform with the seasons. From an ocean of Tulips to a Weeping Willow forest, The Channel Gardens brings refreshing surprises, you simply have to keep coming back.

Current Installation: Tropical Garden through September 12th.

Check back for more up-to-date details of the upcoming plantings, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

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 Friday, November 8, 2013. 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 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 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, 2014.

40th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center

Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate on The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 49th and 50th streets between 5th and 6th Avenues, on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites.

The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.