The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center 2017

By Selwyn, 11. October 2017
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The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center – The Real Start of the Holiday Season

Even though winter is approaching in New York, the official Holiday Season does not start until the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza has been lit in a legendary and impressive lighting ceremony. This year, the lighting of the tree ceremony at Rockefeller Center will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Last year, stars like Neil Diamond, Sarah Lachlan, Tori Kelly Josh Groban, and the Rockettes (a famous NYC dance group who also performs the Radio City Christmas Spectacular during this season) made the event extra special.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree


The Tree Lighting Ceremony

Around 8 PM the giant Christmas tree in New York lights up in all its glory. Usually, at the moment of the lighting, a general hush descends upon the masses gathered to view the event (a rarity in New York City), followed by a thunderous applause. And the applause is warranted – the tree is a sight to behold.

Sparkling and beautiful, it is the centerpiece of the Plaza every year. Our tip: if you would like to witness the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center, be sure to get there about an hour early with the ceremony starting around 7 PM. The tree is erected and decorated a few weeks prior to the event, but it will not be lit until November 29.


The Star of Manhattan until January

Visitors that travel to New York during the timeframe of November 29th and January 7th goes to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; the tree enjoys celebrity status in Manhattan during that time.

At 9 PM on January 7, the lights are turned off. In the following days, the tree is removed and then turned into valuable building materials for Habitat for Humanity.

Did you know?

What is behind arguably the most famous Christmas tree in the world? Where did it come from and how far did it have to travel to get to Rockefeller Center and be admired around the world? The most important questions: how many lights are on the tree at Rockefeller Center so that it can shine so brightly? Here you can uncover the 10 most important facts about the Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center.

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