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


Win 2 Free Top of the Rock Tickets

The expression, “I’m on top of the world!” is not taken lightly here in New York City.

In 2005, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck opened to provide locals and visitors alike the chance to experience the city’s incredible sights and sounds from the 70th Floor.

Located at Stop #23, Top of the Rock is one of our favorite places to hop-off, escape the bustling city streets and gaze out at the magical twinkling skyline.

How To Win 2 Free Tickets to Top of the Rock:

1. ‘Like’ CitySights NY on Facebook

2. Write directly on our Facebook Wall why you want to go to the Top of the Rock!

Enter by: Friday, January 13, 2012 at Noon EST. We’ll randomly select two (2) winners who will each receive a pair of tickets for themselves and a guest.

Good luck!


You may also purchase Top of the Rock tickets here.

New York City Tours – Manhattan Authentic & Manhattan Nights

2 new exciting New York Sightseeing tours just went up on CitySights NY! The first one is the Manhattan Authentic tour, where a professional tour guide will accompany you on a motor coach tour of upper and lower Manhattan. This combo tour also includes a jaw dropping view from the Top of The Rock observation deck, a Statue of Liberty Cruise, and Lunch at Grotta Azzurra, one of Little Italy’s oldest Italian restaurants.

Next we have the Manhattan Nights tour, a romantic night tour of NYC, but don’t let the romanticism sway you away,  its definitely a tour worth taking for all ages. It includes a  guided motor coach bus tour, a NY WaterTaxi cruise for a closeup and champagne toast in front of the Statue of Liberty, a guided walking tour of the new HighLine Park, a park which was recently converted from an old rail road platform,  a view from the Top of the Rock for an amazing view of NYC and a delicious dinner at Grotta Azzurra.

Statue of Liberty ferry + Empire State Building or Top of The Rock

2 new combo attractions have been added to CitySights NY.
The Statue of Liberty + Empire State Building
The Statue of Liberty + Top of The Rock
.  See New York City’s greatest attractions for a low price of $35 adults and $23 kids.

Both the Empire State Building and the Top of Rock offer astonishing views of New York City from their observation decks. So make sure your bring a camera, its a must! 🙂

Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building

Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building