The annual tree lighting ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.


30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York

Visiting Hours

Daily 5:30am–11:30pm
Through early 2020

Broadcast Info

Wednesday, December 4, 8-10pm
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony

    The 2019 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 4 at Rockefeller Plaza. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues through early 2020. On Christmas day, the lights shine for a full 24 hours.

  • Habitat for Humanity (A Gift that Keeps On Giving)

    For the thirteenth consecutive year, the 2019 Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Once the holidays have passed and crowds have dispersed, the tree comes down and is milled, treated and made into lumber that is used for home building. Each year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree continues to be a symbol of hope, and inspired the children’s book, “The Carpenter’s Gift,” written by David Rubel and illustrated by Jim LaMarche in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.

  • Tree Lighting History

    For over eight decades, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. Even before the first formal tree went up, workers lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to collect their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression. People from around the world came after September 11th to see the Tree decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue. Today, more than half a million people pass by the Tree every day, making Rockefeller Center the epicenter of New York City’s holiday celebrations.

The History of the Rockefeller Center Tree

Donate Your Tree


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