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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2023

For over seven decades, the Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers

Dates: November 29, 2023–early January 2024

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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There's nothing more iconic about the Christmas season in New York than the giant tree in Rockefeller​ Center. The Norway spruce looks unbelievably picturesque in its full attire towering above the street and the ice rink.

Although the festive tree is put up in early ​November, the lighting ceremony is held only in late November after Thanksgiving Day, or in early December. This event is accompanied by live entertainment that gathers thousands of revelers each year. The long-awaited 'big moment' comes when the sparkling lights come alive while the crowd collectively awes in unison. But don't worry if you miss the ceremony, the beautiful tree will still be up there until early January. For the updates, please check External Resources.

Christmas Tree Lighting Event (November 29, 2023)

More than half a million people visit the Christmas Tree every day. It makes Rockefeller Center a must-see during any Christmas New York City’s excursion. The biggest crowds gather each year during the Christmas Tree Lighting Event, accompanied by live music, performances, and shows. On Christmas Day, the lights on the tree shine for 24 hours.

The tradition of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center dates back to the 1930s, when workers gathered on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to get their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression. It has become a symbol of hope and renewal.

You can guarantee yourself a spot on the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center by buying a General Admission ticket, starting from $11 and up to $73. The VIP Skate rate ranges from $47 to $125. Besides, Christmas Tree Photo options are available at $40. Lastly, VIP Rock Pass, offering a 2.5-hour guided tour of Rockefeller Center, will set you back a pretty penny at $250, while an ordinary Rock Pass costs only $56.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin