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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.


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Learn About The Tree

Visiting Hours

Daily from 6am–12am
On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours.

Broadcast Info

NBC Wednesday, December 2, 7–10 pm

Contact & Directions

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
1.212.588.8601
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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

The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a 75 feet tall Norway Spruce, 45 feet wide, and weighs 11 tons.

The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is between 75 and 80 years old.

The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree hails from Oneonta, New York.

There are more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on approximately 5 miles (8 km) of wire.

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.

To allow adequate time for it to be decorated before it’s lit, the Tree arrives November 14.

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.

November 14.

December 2.

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.

Visiting Hours

Daily from 6am–12am
On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours.

Broadcast Info

NBC Wednesday, December 2, 7–10 pm

Contact & Directions

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
1.212.588.8601

Holidays

Rockefeller Center and its iconic Christmas Tree are the epicenter of holiday celebrations in New York.
Experience the Holidays in NYC

Habitat for Humanity—A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Continuing a longstanding holiday tradition, the 2020 Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, milled, treated, and made into lumber that will be used for home building. A symbol of hope, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree inspired the children’s book, The Carpenter’s Gift, written by David Rubel and illustrated by Jim LaMarche in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.

Donate Your Tree

Traditionally we've selected a Norway spruce in the later years of its life cycle, measuring at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter. If you have a Norway spruce you would like us to consider as the centerpiece for this historic Rockefeller Center tradition, we would love to hear from you.

The Holidays in The Center Magazine

Featuring seemingly as many holiday happenings as there are lights on the Tree, our Holiday Stories cover past and future events here.

Read Our Stories

Arts & Culture

The Tree Through the Years

Holiday highlights since 1931

Arts & Culture

The Christmas Angels

How they became a holiday tradition

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