2013 Christmas in Rockefeller Center

rock center christmas tree

rock center christmas tree

It’s that time of year again! We have sugarplums on our mind and we can almost feel the chill of NYC in December. It’s time to start planning for the holidays in New York City!

When you think holidays, one thing comes to mind before all else: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 4, and will remain lit until January 7. The ceremony typically begins around 7 p.m. and will feature live performances by some of the top names in the music industry. Be sure to get there early in order to find the best viewing spot possible.

While in NYC, be sure to see the winter beauty of the whole city on our Lights of the Holiday Tour.

Check back soon for more updates on who will be performing, where the tree will comes from, and much more!

rockefeller center christmas tree

rockefeller center christmas tree


When is the 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting?

Typically, the enormous Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center is lit on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving.  Since we have an early Thanksgiving this season, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will be Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.  The ceremony itself will take place on Rockefeller Plaza from 7-9 p.m. and will feature live performances which will also be aired on National TV.

Normally, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illumination hours are from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. every day.  On Christmas, the tree is lit all 24 hours, and on New Year’s Eve it goes dark at 9 p.m.

Miles of lights are used for decoration of the tree each year, and this year, Rockefeller Center is keeping the environment in mind.  30,000 energy efficient LED lights will be used to make the Christmas Tree glow this season.

Performers at this year’s ceremony will be:

Mariah Carey
CeeLo Green
Il Volo
Rod Stweart
Victoria Justice
Trace Adkins
Chris Mann

The tree is an 80-foot Norway Spruce which was found in the backyard of a man from Flanders, New Jersey.   The tree was quietly selected in mid October, however there was lots of worry when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast.  the tree survived and is now standing tall in Rockefeller Center.  It will be decorated over the next two weeks and lit on the 28th.

Photo credit: Andrew F. Kazmierski / Shutterstock.com

Christmas in NYC

Snow in Central Park

The holiday season is one of the best times of year in New York City.  It gets dark early, but the city lights up with warmth.  We all love the summer because the weather of the weather, but there is something magical about this town come Christmas time.

One of the most popular symbols of holiday spirit in New York is the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center.  In 2012, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, November 28th.  The tree will remain lit until January 7th, 2013.

Also on November 28th, our Night Tour turns into the Lights of the Holidays Tour.  Macy’s, 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center—everyone gets into the holiday spirit and show off their bright lights.  This tour will take you around the city and show you the most incredibly holiday light displays in the world!

As winter gets closer, CitySightsNY will continue to update you with all of the latest on the tree lighting, the holidays and everything New York.