Spark some joy.
Coming soon to the Plaza, the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be displayed between West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues. There will be no public access to this year’s tree lighting ceremony, however you’re invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC. Details about how to visit the lit Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be announced in the coming weeks. To stay informed about all the details, be among the first to know by signing up for The Center newsletter.
- Nov. 14—The Tree arrives at Rockefeller Center.
- Dec. 2—The Tree will be lit for the first time on Rockefeller Plaza.
- Dec. 25—On Christmas Day, the lights shine for a full 24 hours.
- Dec. 31—On New Year’s Eve, visiting hours are from 6 am to 9 pm.
History of the Tree
For more than eight decades, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. While the lights, decorations, and stars have changed through the years, visiting the Tree remains a quintessential New York experience.
The Christmas Tree FAQs
How big is the Tree?
The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a 75 feet tall Norway Spruce, 45 feet wide, and weighs 11 tons.
How old is the Tree?
The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is between 75 and 80 years old.
Where is this year's Tree from?
The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree hails from Oneonta, New York.
How many lights are on the Tree?
There are more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on approximately 5 miles (8 km) of wire.
How big is the star on the Tree?
Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in 2018, the three dimensional Swarovski star weighs approximately 900 pounds (408.23 kg) and features 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals.
When does the Tree arrive in New York City?
To allow adequate time for it to be decorated before it’s lit, the Tree arrives November 14.
How do I watch the Christmas Tree lighting?
Because there will be no public access to the tree lighting ceremony, the public is invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC. Details about how to visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree after it’s lit will be announced in the coming weeks.
When does the Tree go up?
When is the Tree lighting?
When does the Tree come down?
This is yet to be determined, but details about when the Tree will come down will be announced in the coming weeks. To stay informed about all the details, sign up for The Center newsletter.
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