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2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is Lit in NYC
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The Rockefeller Christmas Tree guide

Tourists and natives can’t deny that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in NYC is a stunning sight to see.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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The fabulous holiday icon of NYC, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree, is a must-see for both locals and those visiting the city during the holiday season, whether you’re visiting before ice-skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center or just passing through on your way to Times Square.

Want to see the tree lit up at night for the first time during a ceremonious flip of a switch? The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is certainly one of the best NYC events in November, but there’s also a ton of festive things to do around the landmark as well. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, from how to get tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular including where to grab winter cocktails nearby.

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When can I see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree?

Starting December 1, 2022, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit daily from 6am to midnight. On Christmas Day, the tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve it is lit from 6am to 9pm.

Where can I find the Rockefeller Christmas Tree?

As the name says, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is located at Rockefeller Center Plaza on 49th St between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

How do I get to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree?

Hitch a ride on the B/D/F/M train to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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