The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a New York City holiday tradition. It arrives in mid-November, is lit around month-end, and remains until the first week of January.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019
We anticipate that the 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2018
The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time this season with a ceremony and performances on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 7 – 9 pm.
Brett Eldridge, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Pentatonix, Ella Mai, Rob Thomas and more stars are joining the celebration. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC at 8pm.
The tree is lit daily from 5:30am to 11:30pm through January 7, 2018.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2017
The lighting ceremony is Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7-9pm. The tree will remain lit until January 7, 2018
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2016
2016’s tree is a 78-foot Norway Spruce. It weighs ten tons and is lit with 45,000 LED lights. The lighting ceremony is Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition was started by construction workers in 1931
Over 100 million New Yorkers and tourists will visit the famous tree. The tradition began while Rockefeller Center was being built.
1931 was the height of the Great Depression. Construction workers put up a 20-foot tree. A few chipped in to pay for decorations.
The tradition became official in 1933 when NBC broadcast the tree lighting ceremony.
When the tree comes down, it is taken to New Jersey, sawed, dried, and made into beams. The wood is then used in Habitat for Humanity houses.
Visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
(B)(D)(F)(M) to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center.
Fifth Avenue between Rockefeller Center and 59th Street is a nice holiday walk with holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co., and Bergdorf Goodman.