Nothing says Christmas quite like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Everyone delights in this tree, horn blowing angels, and ice skaters. Last year, there were more than 30,000 multi colored bulbs strung over more than 5 miles of wire to decorate the glorious tree. The bulbs emit such beauty that there are no other ornaments on the tree except for the star on the top. Selected trees are usually 75 to 90 feet tall, and sometimes they are as high as 125 feet tall! If you are spending Christmas in New York City, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a must!

The ceremony will be televised live on NBC from on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:00 –9:00 pm.


When: The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The fun begins at 7:00 pm and goes through 9:00 pm.  The tree is illuminated daily from 5:30 am–1:30 pm and ALL day/night on Christmas Day and from 5:30 am – 9:00 pm on New Year’s Eve. You can enjoy the tree until 9:00 pm on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Where: Rockefeller Center is located in the center of a complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues

Fee: None. It's free!

Viewing Tips: 
Enter Rockefeller Center from the 5th Avenue side and walk through the horn-blowing Angels toward the tree. This entrance will provide an awesome, perfect first look at this treasure

  • Can’t make it to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony? You have until early January to see the tree.  But, it’s best at night when you can see and appreciate the glorious lights!

Performers:  There will be live performances at the plaza that will also air during NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller" special.  Check back for information on this year's performer's; they are sure to be excellent!



Vacation Package Deal

Why am I recommending this Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony Vacation Package Deal? Simple:

  • It was fully booked in 2016 (a testament to the quality of the package) 
  • It’s the ONLY private tree lighting party in New York City
  • Price is extremely reasonable; you get a lot for your money
  • It's organized by reputable, experts on New York City 

Local NYC vacation experts provide access to the city’s best AND they do the work for you. One of the highlights of this package is that it allows you to take part in an Exclusive Insider’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party!

Your Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony Vacation package deal includes: 

--Accommodations for 2-nights or longer in your choice of Manhattan hotels like the elegant Waldorf-Astoria or the Sheraton New York Hotel -- right in the middle of all the excitement of New York City's Times Square and the Theater District.

--All state and local hotel taxes

--Admission to NYCVP's exclusive Insider's Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party in the center of Rockefeller Plaza, just steps from the famed Tree, including hors 'd oeuvres and drinks -

--Admission to the Empire State Building Observatory, Museum of the City of New York, or the NY Water Taxi Statue of Liberty Flex Pass

--Admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History or Top of the Rock Observation Deck

--Shopping Discounts at Macy's, Bloomingdale's and South Street Seaport

--Optional Broadway theater tickets, additional sightseeing, museum admissions and dining (at additional cost)

--And more NYC discounts and inclusions

Check out the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Package Deal here.  Enjoy!


      DID YOU KNOW...

  • The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was erected in 1931 by the construction workers who helped build Rockefeller Center during the Great Depression. This first tree, a 20-foot balsam fir, was decorated with only tin cans and paper garland.
  • Today's modern-day Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is usually a Norway Spruce, 69 to 100 feet
  • The Center's tallest Christmas tree was a 100 foot high spruce from Killingworth, Connecticut, erected on November 11, 1999.
  • The famous tree attracts approximately 750,000 people every year..
  • The star that has topped the tree since 2004 is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds (250 kg). It is made up of Swarovski crystals.

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