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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

45 Rockefeller Plz, Rockfeller Center, New York City, NY 10111-0100
+1 212-332-6868
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Rockefeller Center Holiday Tree Lighting Gala with Private Outdoor Viewing Area
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Small-Group New York Christmas Holiday Walking Tour
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There's nothing more quintessentially New York in the wintertime than a visit to Rockefeller Centre. The Centre's Christmas Tree is a cultural landmark, and the tree lighting is a most anticipated event for locals and visitors alike. The tree itself, always a US-born Norway Spruce, stands up to one-hundred feet tall, and festooned with lights, ornaments, and a giant star, it overlooks the outdoors Rockefeller ice rink: open only in winter, and very popular with the public. With rink hours going late into the night, skaters often enjoy a stroll or a quick outdoor cocoa or indoor bite to eat at one of the lively shops nearby, with a view of the tree. The official tree lighting takes place at the start of December, with over five miles of fairy lights employed to make it glow through January. Celebrity guests stop by to hold a free concert in conjunction with the lighting, and folks arrive early to reserve their spot. In the week leading up to the lighting, curious visitors can see the surrounding garden being decorated for the lighting, and workers beginning to hang lights on the tree.
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45 Rockefeller Plz, Rockfeller Center, New York City, NY 10111-0100
Midtown
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

The excitement, beauty, and fall of the Christmas lights add to the magic of seeing the infamous tree at Rockerfeller center! I would love to do this annually.

Thank Marie V
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

The Rockefeller Center Tree is always an event in New York. It’s great but too crowded. I usually wait until the initial lighting popularity has subsided.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The place can really be crowded at times especially during the Holiday season. We really enjoyed our time here, just watching the people passing by and skating. The Christmas tree is really a sight to see. So wonderful and colorful

Thank Lester O
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

It's always a wonderful experience to visit the tree. The tree is huge! This tree is usually 70 to 100 feet tall. Seeing the tree lit is a magical experience that will warm your heart.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were fortunate enough to be visiting New York at the end of November. We were staying at the Lotte New York Palace in a room in their Tower and had a view of the Rockefeller Centre. It was by chance that...More

Thank GRMarsland
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

This was a must see for us when we visited over New Years. The tree is fantastic and there were lots of people there to see it. The tree looked lovely.

Thank MissL219
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Christmas in New York City is amazing....albeit UTTERLY COLD for this California girl. All bundled up I still struggled with the cold....however, the tree is amazing and my inner child was over the moon with glee to see this amazing tree. The crowds will be...More

Thank Buhrdy
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

It’s the Rock Center Christmas tree, perhaps the most iconic Christmas tree in the entire world! You can’t miss it, you simply can’t! People travel from all around the world to see it and it’s because it’s spectacular. Here is the but; it’s insanely busy...More

Thank Joe T
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

There is so much going on at Rockefeller! So many people out and about with their families and small children as they watch the skaters and other activities nearby!

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Beautifully decorated for the holiday season. First visit. As is got darker outside the prettier it became with all the lights. It was extremely busy though. Many ppl had very young children, I wouldn’t recommend that honestly. You could very easily get lost in the...More

Thank Kings05
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chasingrainbows10
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Response from Rachel M | Reviewed this property |
Hi There, While I have not attended the actual tree lighting, I go to see the tree every year, usually during the week and on a cold night if possible; I have found this is the best way to beat the crowds. Be advised that... More
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