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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019-2020

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

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York 2020 - Best Time
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Mickaël T.

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 it's put up in early ​November, the lighting ceremony is held only in late November after Thanksgiving Day. 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 awws in unison. But don't worry if you miss the ceremony, the beautiful tree will still be there up until early January. For the updates, please check the official website.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York - Best Season 2020

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. More than half a million people visit the 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 that is accompanied by live music, performances, and shows. On Christmas day, the lights on the tree shine for 24 hours.