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Thank you for joining us this holiday season! The 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was on display through January 2 at 10pm.

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  • Nov. 14—The Tree arrived at Rockefeller Center.
  • Dec. 2—The Tree was lit for the first time on Rockefeller Plaza.
  • Dec. 25—On Christmas Day, the lights shined for a full 24 hours.
  • Dec. 31—On New Year’s Eve, visiting hours were from 6 am to 9 pm.
  • Jan. 2—The Tree remained lit until 10pm on January 2.
The Christmas Tree was lit
until 
3AM on Jan 3, 2021
Learn About The Tree

Visiting Hours

Thank you for joining us this holiday season! The 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was on display through January 2 at 10pm.

Broadcast Info

NBC Wednesday, December 2, 8–10 pm EST

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 arrived November 14.

Because there was no public access to the tree lighting ceremony, the public was invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC.

November 14.

The 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was on Wednesday, December 2. The tree was lit during a live national television broadcast on NBC at 9:45 pm.

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

Thank you for joining us this holiday season! The 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was on display through January 2 at 10pm.

Broadcast Info

NBC Wednesday, December 2, 8–10 pm EST

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

Nov 18 2015

Events

The (Virtual) Lighting Before Christmas

Winter in New York is different this year, but the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will still light up Midtown—and your living room.

Dec 1 2020

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