See the Rockefeller tree lighting in NYC

Catching the Rockefeller tree lighting this year with the family? Here are all the details you'll need.

Filip Wolak

Love the Rockefeller tree lighting? We do too. It’s a New York City staple at Christmastime! Depending on how close you get, families can check out the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center, ooh and ahh over smaller twinkly lights in the surrounding streets and—of course—do some spectacular people watching. The celebration is free and open to the public, but be prepared: tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event. 

When is the Rockefeller tree lighting?

The tree lighting occurs Wednesday, December 2 with live performances from 7–9pm.

Where is the Rockefeller tree lighting?

It’s located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between West 48th and West 51st Sts and Fifth and Sixth Aves). 

How long is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree up?

The tree will remain lit and on view through January 6th, 2016 at 8pm.

What channel will be broadcasting the Rockefeller tree lighting?

NBC on Wednesday, December 2 from 7–9pm.