Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2016

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

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 our 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 Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Christmas Tree Lighting Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

84th Annual Tree Lighting
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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 unveil 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 9pm on January 7, 2017 and will be illuminated from 5:30 am to midnight, all day (24 hours) on Christmas Day and 5:30 am – 9 pm on New Year’s Eve. More Info: www.rockefellercenter.com/holidays/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

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Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Hotels Near Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center runs from 47th - 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Download our free neighborhood maps at Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels

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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Completely Sold Out in 2015 – Book Your 2016 Party/ Package Soon!!!! Choose from:

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Rockefeller Center Discount Passes

CityPASS
Choose between TOTR
or Guggenheim Museum
New York CityPASS

NY Explorer Pass
TOTR and Rock Center Tour attraction choices
New York City Explorer Pass and Go Select Card

New York Pass
Includes TOTR admission and Rock Center Tour
The New York Pass

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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.

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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

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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.”

For those who want an up close and warm view of the live entertainment and tree lighting, check out this: Exclusive Insider’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party

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New York City Holiday Lights Tours

New York City Holiday Lights Tours

New York City during Holiday season is a don’t miss! Get in the festive spirit by taking a Holiday Lights Tour. Choose from Bus Tours, Holiday Dining Cruises and Movie & TV Site Holiday tours.

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.

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Photos

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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Recommended New York City Hotel Deals 

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Video

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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.

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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.

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Rockefeller Tree Lighting Performers

Rockefeller Center Christmas TreePending 2016 updates.
The 2015 “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast on NBC will feature Pentatonix, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sting, James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, The Band Perry, Band of Merrymakers, Andrea Bocelli, the Rockettes and more.

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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation Package

Completely Sold Out in 2015 – Book Your 2016 Party/ Package Soon!!!! Choose from:

This New York City Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Vacation is completely organized 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
  • 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

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Welcome! I'm Melissa, a fourth generation New Yorker, who has been lucky enough to live in New York for over 30 years. I love just about everything in New York City, the very reason I started this web site, and I look forward to sharing it all with you. Please explore the New York City Insider Guide at your own pace. I hope it helps you plan your New York City Vacation, so you not only go home as a NYC Insider, but plan to visit us again soon.