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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The holiday season began with the annual tree lighting in the heart of New York City at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 29.

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Visiting Hours

The Tree will be lit daily from 5am-midnight until January 13th at 10:00pm. From December 15th through Christmas Eve, The Tree will be lit from 5am-1am. On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve it is lit from 5am to 9pm.

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30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
1.212.588.8601
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General Admission- The Rink

Take a spin on The Rink at Rockefeller Center this upcoming season. Your General Admission ticket guarantees your spot on the ice on the date and time you select.
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General Admission - Top of the Rock

See the best NYC view from 70 floors up at our indoor and outdoor observation decks. The Beam Experience can be added to your purchase during checkout.

VIP Rock Pass - Holiday Edition

Go on a 2.5 hour guided tour of Rockefeller Center culminating with the breathtaking views from Top of the Rock. This VIP tour includes exclusive access to one of Rockefeller Center's hidden rooftop gardens with viewing of the Saks Fifth Avenue light show (4:30pm ticket time only), expedited entry and private elevator access to the observation deck, The Beam Experience, the Photo Pass, and 20% off at the gift shop. Plus, this holiday season, the VIP Rock Pass also includes exclusive, unobscured viewing of the Tree, plus the Santa Photo Experience and the Christmas Tree Photo.

Santa at Rockefeller Center, presented by Balsam Hill

Bring the whole family and capture the magic of the season with a heartwarming photo with Santa Claus himself! Watch your little ones' faces light up with joy as they share their holiday wishes and dreams with the man in the red suit. Includes digital photo package, plus two prints.
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Christmas Tree Photo

This holiday season, capture the magic of the season with a professional photo of you and your family in front of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Includes digital photo package.

The Ultimate Rockefeller Center Christmas Experience

Experience Rock Center at Christmastime with a private, guided VIP tour. Your experience can include: Top of the Rock, followed by indulgent drinks and bites in your own private rink-side chalet beneath the glowing Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and skating on the iconic rink. Finally, complete your experience on Center Plaza, reserved only for you and your loved ones, with a private moment to enjoy and take photos with the Christmas Tree. Please email [email protected] to book today.

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 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a 80ft tall Norway Spruce, 43 feet wide and weighs 12 tons.

The 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is approximately 80-85 years old.

The 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree hails from Vestal, NY.

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 arrived at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

This year's Tree Lighting broadcast was aired live on NBC on November 29th from 8pm-10pm EST.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

The Tree will come down on January 13, 2024 at 10:00pm.

Visiting Hours

The Tree will be lit daily from 5am-midnight until January 13th at 10:00pm. From December 15th through Christmas Eve, The Tree will be lit from 5am-1am. On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve it is lit from 5am to 9pm.

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.
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Habitat for Humanity—A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Continuing a longstanding holiday tradition, the 2023 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.

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Arts & Culture

Where the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Goes Next

The holiday spirit doesn’t end when the lights come off and the Tree comes down. Here’s what happens next.

Nov 9 2022

Arts & Culture

Meet the Man Who Has Picked the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for Three Decades

Erik Pauze, the head gardener for Rockefeller Center and the man behind the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, gives the inside scoop on bringing holiday magic to 30 Rock.

Nov 1 2023

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