Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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About
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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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 47–50 Sts – Rockefeller Center • 3 min walk
  • 5th Ave / 53rd St • 5 min walk
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Sharon M
Bishopton, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I want to warn anyone wishing to go and see the Rockefeller Tree. My friend and
I wanted to go and see it. What we found was chaos. People were crammed into the area in front of the tree, people were coming from 4 different directions all converging in the one place. We literally couldn’t move and had to go with the flow! Couldn’t get my camera out to take pics and I had some of my sisters ashes with me that I wanted to sprinkle near the tree but didn’t even have space to get the ashes out of my pocket. If there had been any kind of “incident” thousands of people would have died due to panic or being trampled. This was seriously dangerous and there was no one guiding the crowds. I’ve never been so glad to get away from the area.
If you want to go, I would suggest going at 5am when the lights get switched on for the day and leave the nights for other more brave souls.
Written 25 June 2024
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Maltipoo16
New York1,794 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Serious safety incident
Dec 2023 • Friends
The Christmas tree is always one of the highlights of my Christmas visit to manhattan, but I had an absolutely traumatic experience this year. I honestly want to warn people about this for next year! I visited on a weekend, and there was 0 crowd control in any of the busy Christmas areas. The Tree was the worst by far. I was watching the first showing of the Sacks display, and as soon as it ended is where the crowd management issues came into play. It suddenly became a giant pushing match to get through one tiny fence entry way to the cross walk. People pushed so hard I was up against the fence. Then these older men came up to myself and other women and started rubbing up against them and putting their hands on the waist/butt area. It was the most uncomfortable thing that had ever happened to me in public. A man in the crowd yelled at them, and they laughed and walked off. Wile this was all going on, the cops were standing there watching this huge mess of mosh pit pushing and shoving and literally did nothing to help direct traffic. They could have at least opened up the gates a bit more.. I’d personally not visit the tree on the weekend and try to go late at night when tourists are gone.
Written 28 March 2024
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Rebecca W
Baltimore, MD15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
loved looking at the Christmas tree I liked seeing the different decorations on it and loved seeing it for the first time it made me think about home alone 2.
Written 7 February 2024
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SMiriah
Oldham, UK258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The best day was seeing this, living my home alone dream, the area around it is lovely and well presented. Ice skating at the rockerfeller tree was a dream and everything I’d ever imagined so worth ot
Written 22 January 2024
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The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
Long Island, NY16,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We made an impromptu trip late afternoon into the city. The Road Trippers were on a mission: see the famous Christmas tree, have pizza, and go home.

First off, the Sunday, a week before Christmas is a very busy time to see the tree. Rockefeller Center was a zoo. We couldn't get close but the tree could be seen from a distance. It's tall and beautifully decorated. It was the kids' first time seeing the tree. They really loved it. It's a heartwarming experience but it's a quick one. I haven't seen the tree in years and it will be a number of years till I see it again.

Rockefeller Center is very hectic. I recommend wearing a jacket with an inside pocket. There are many people present and packed in tightly.
Written 4 January 2024
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rjknj
New Jersey USA71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
There were barriers covering a large area around the Christmas tree, preventing anyone from taking close-up pictures under the tree. Also, in prior years, you could stand by the by overlooking the skating rink. Although there was still a small viewing area on one side, much of the other space was now taken by about five Alpine -looking wooden huts which you could rent and be served food. This was a distasteful attempt by Rockefeller Center to suck as many dollars from visitors as possible and ruining the visual effect. The wooden soldiers and decorations around the center were gone and the flags ringing the perimeter were silver and gold, nothing to do with Christmas. Poorly done!!!
Written 2 January 2024
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Love2travel19892
LaSalle, Canada879 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Rockefeller Christmas tree is a must to see when you’re in NY for the holidays.
Rockefeller is about a 10 minute walk from Times Square or the Port Authority bus station.
The tree is beautiful and watching people skate is always fun but the area is very congested. (The Saks display is in the same area.)
They do offer warming huts but you need to book them very early as they book up fast.
I’d suggest taking one of the side streets to the tree which is less congested. You can also take the small elevator to the lower level to get a better look.
St. Patricks Cathedral is just around the corner which is another must-see in that area. The church is free to go in and see.
If you’re looking for the same size tree with less crowds, head down to Wall Street. That area has a beautiful tree as well.
Written 16 December 2023
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Emily Thomas
Bucyrus, OH79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Absolutely stunning Christmas tree. This was our first visit to see the Rockefeller tree. The area was packed shoulder to shoulder with people, but it was worth the hassle to see this beautiful tree.
Written 12 December 2023
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Julia J
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Expectations of the Christmas tree are very high due to films, social media and co, but it really can't keep up with them. Especially as there are similar trees all over the city anyway. In addition, the square is absolutely packed with people! It's a real struggle to get through. A cosy Christmas atmosphere is not even close!
Written 11 December 2023
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Stanley S
Winter Garden, FL531 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I love seeing the tree but oh the crowds! I can understand the crowds and don't really mind them but what made it worse is the constant hawkers with their huge carts and wares. They block traffic, clog the area and get in the way. People are dumb if they buy from them as that only encourages them to stick around. Plus, I am sure very few of them are supposed to be there and that is why they keep moving. It was never like this years ago and changed dramatically this year. This is speaking as an ex-metro NYC resident so I know of what I speak. Frustrating.
Written 10 December 2023
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