Insider Tips on New York’s Christmas Tree

Nothing marks the beginning of the magical holiday season in New York City like the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Check out the Insider Guide tips on the best views of the tree, ice skating in Rockefeller Center, Christmas Dinner, Christmas Open Attractions and more.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is officially scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Completely Sold Out in 2013 – Book Your 2014 Party/ Package Soon!!!! Choose from:

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Christmas Tree Lighting Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

82nd Annual Tree Lighting
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The unlit Rockefeller Center Christmas tree usually arrives in mid-November. Then we have Thanksgiving and Black Friday, when the department stores have just unveiled their famous window holiday displays… but it is the week after Thanksgiving that represents the true start of Holiday Season in NYC for many New Yorkers.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. Tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony broadcast live across the globe.

The tree will stay up until until until 8pm on January 7th, 2015 and will be illuminated from 5:30 A.M. – 11:30 P.M. daily, all day (24 hours) on Christmas Day and 5:30 A.M. – 9 P.M. on New Year’s Eve. More Info: http://www.rockefellercenter.com/events/2014/12/03/2014-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

NYC Insider Tip:
When visiting the tree, enter Rockefeller Center from 5th Avenue and walk through the horn-blowing Angels toward the tree. Entering from the side, 47th or 50th streets is just not the same view or experience.

Rockefeller Center is between 5th and 7th Avenues and 47th and 50th Streets.

The horn-blowing Angels will lead you to the Rockefeller Tree, Prometheus and the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. The Angels represent hope and Prometheus, the gold statue in Rockefeller Plaza, represents the ancient Greek legend of the Titan, bringing fire to mankind. Top of the Rock Holiday Hours

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Map

As you can see from this partial map of Rockefeller Center, entering from the Fifth Avenue side makes the first sight of the tree visit much nicer as you walk along the Angels, toward the Ice Skating Rink, looking at Prometheus (the statue behind the rink) and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree proudly presiding over the spectacular scene.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Map

See Rockefeller Center for a complete downloadable map and directory or check here for Top of the Rock Holiday Hours

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Discount Passes

CityPASS
Choose between TOTR
or Guggenheim Museum
New York CityPASS

NY Explorer Pass
One time TOTR visit is
an attraction choice
New York City Explorer Pass and Go Select Card

New York Pass
Includes TOTR admission
and NBC Studios Tour
The New York Pass

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center runs from 47th – 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Both Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels will be nearby.

Hotels within a 5-10 minute walk to Rockefeller Center include:

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Where Should I Stand and When Should I Arrive?

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Mariagiulia from Italy asked,

“I would like to know (because it’s my first time at this event) where precisely will the stage be where celebrities will perform and, in your experience, where is the best spot with the closest view of the stage. And at which hour should I arrive to be in front?”

Of course, I asked my friend and Rockefeller Center expert, John, Manager of Top of the Rock.

Here is his response, “The talent usually performs down by the ice skating rink, in front of the Prometheus statue. She should probably arrive at about 4pm for the closest spot possible, but she’ll get no closer than the Channel Gardens because that’s where just about everyone there has to stand.”

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


NYC Steals and Deals: Join FREE and Save!

Join the top three NYC Deal Sites and save on your New York City Vacation starting today. The sooner you sign up (FREE) for the best NYC Deals, the sooner you start saving on:

Broadway:

Events and Shows:

Sightseeing:

Shopping:

Sports:

Beauty and Spa:

Restaurants:

NewYork.com, Goldstar, Broadway.com

Goldstar, Gilt City, ScoreBig

NY Pass, 10% Off Bus Tours, NewYork.com

Gilt Group, Bluefly, NYC Sample Sales

Goldstar, TicketsNowScoreBig

Lifebooker, Gilt City

Gilt City, Groupon, Savored

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


New York City Holiday Lights Tours

New York City Holiday Lights ToursNovember 28 – December 30, 2013
6:30 pm, Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Saturday PLUS Dec. 25 at 6:30pm
No tours December 24th

NYC Insider Review: New York City Holiday Lights Tour

New York City during Holiday season is a don’t miss! Get in the festive spirit by taking an evening Holiday Lights Tour of Manhattan’s glittering holiday-season lights including: Central Park’s Holiday Markets, The tree at Lincoln Center, The World’s Largest Snowflake, all the store displays on Madison, Park and Fifth Avenues and lots more!

Though I always recommend you see as much as you can of NYC on foot, it’s not always possible. Seeing all of NYC’s attractions, trees and lights while covering the four square miles or so they encompass in one night and on foot can take a while, not to mention the crowds and cold weather.

To the rescue, this guided New York City Holiday Lights Tour takes place in a climate controlled luxury motor coach, with frequent stops to get out and view the displays up close. Tour Length: Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYCNovember 29 – December 29, 2013 – Thursday through Sunday at 5:30pm.

On this tour, you’ll learn all about the history of Christmas in NYC, our famous lighted trees and Christmas music written in New York. See Holiday displays and store windows, holiday markets, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier’s and, of course, the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

75 Minutes, Tickets from $20.
More Info: Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Photos

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree NYC Christmas Tree Lighting Rockefeller Center Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2008 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting


Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree
, Back to New York City December


Recommended New York City Hotel Deals 

New York City Boutique Hotels
Boutique Hotels

Cheap Budget Hotels in NYC
Cheap Budget
 

Suite Hotels in New York City
Suite

New York City Luxury Hotels
Luxury

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Video

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Back to New York City December


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Ice Skating

Ice Skating in New York CityFor tourists and locals alike, ice skating at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park is a classic New York winter experience.

All three major rinks are open on Christmas Day, as are most of the restaurants surrounding them.

Here are the details for Ice Skating in New York City, including rates and dates plus NYC Insider Tips for discounts and coupons.

Top of the Rock Holiday Hours

Top of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree


Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York City

Read the full NYC Insider Guide to Christmas in New York City to get the inside scoop and plan your Christmas holiday.

Related Info:


Rockefeller Tree Lighting 2013 Performers

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The 16th annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast on NBC will feature musical guests including Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel performing current hits and holiday classics from Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Top of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree


Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Completely Sold Out in 2013 – Book Your 2014 Party/ Package Soon!!!! Choose from:

Check out this great New York City Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation customized by local NYC vacation experts. The package includes hotel, Exclusive Insider’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock (or many other choices) and much more. As far as I know this is the ONLY private tree lighting party in NYC!

  • Exclusive Insider’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party in Rockefeller Plaza, just steps from the Tree, including hors ‘d oeuvres and drinks
  • Accommodations for 2 nights or longer at a midtown Manhattan hotel
  • Optional holiday tours and events (additional cost), such as Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes and NYC Holiday Lights Tour
  • Free admission to the Empire State Building Observatory, Museum of the City of New York or NY Water Taxi, Statue of Liberty Flex Pass
  • Free admission to the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art or Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • All state and local hotel taxes, and much more
  • Rates from: $878 per person for a 2-night complete package
  • Exclusive Insider’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party
  • Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation Package

The best part is NYCVP does ALL the planning for you! Plus, you’ll have all your tickets and itineraries in hand before you visit! More Info: New York City Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree


More New York City Lights Tours

See our beautiful Skyline from all angles – in any weather!

Harbor Lights Cruise NYCHarbor Lights Cruise

Twilight Cruise NYCTwilight Cruise

Total Big AppleTotal Big Apple

New York City Boat Cruises Around ManhattanSave on Boat Cruises

Top of Rockefeller Christmas Tree


Event Categories: Events, Holidays, Kids and NYC Insider Picks

NYC Insider Top Event Picks View All

More NYC Events View All

Review are closed.

Report this?

Send To Friend

Captcha Verification
captcha image

Send Enquiry

Captcha Verification
captcha image

Claim Listing

What is the claim proccess?

Captcha Verification
captcha image

Search NYC Insider Guide

More on NYC Insider Guide