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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

We kicked off the holiday season with the annual lighting in the heart of New York City with Christmas in Rockefeller Center, which aired on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 8-10 p.m.

NBC News' TODAY co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin hosted the highly anticipated holiday special. Viewers were treated to festive performances by Alessia Cara, Harry Connick Jr., Mickey Guyton, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Rob Thomas, Carrie Underwood and more. The evening included a duet featuring Paisley and Thomas and a special performance by the Radio City Rockettes.

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The Christmas Tree is now lit.

Visiting Hours

The tree will be lit daily from from 6am-12am. On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve it is lit from 6am to 9pm.

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 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a 79ft tall Norway Spruce, 46 feet wide and weighs 12 tons.

The 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is approximately 85 years old.

The 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree hails from Elkton, MD.

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 will arrive on Saturday, November 13.

Stay tuned for more information about public access to this year’s tree lighting. You are always invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 1.

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

The tree will be lit daily from from 6am-12am. On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve it is lit from 6am 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.
Experience the Holidays in NYC

Habitat for Humanity—A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Continuing a longstanding holiday tradition, the 2021 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

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 12 2021

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