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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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada831 contributions
    A Big Xmas Flashlight.
    The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is considered a NYC holiday jewel and is admired by locals & tourists alike. I was mesmerized over the brilliant architecture with 50,000 multi-colored LED lights topped off with a Swarovski Star. I stopped by before ice-skating on the Rock rink, but the hypnotic affect of the tree lingered long after my startling experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Brooke In The Air
    Cleveland, Ohio50 contributions
    A Magical Time
    We visited at the end of the 2022 holiday, and it was magical. The tree lighting in Rockefeller Center is something everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. It's so beautiful, and the tree is imported in usually late November before it is set up in mid-December.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Stanley S
    Winter Garden, Florida545 contributions
    Ugh...the carts!
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Love2travel19892
    LaSalle, Canada803 contributions
    Beautiful but crowded.
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 December 2023
  • The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
    Long Island, New York15,368 contributions
    World's Most Famous Christmas Tree 🎄
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
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Rebecca W
Baltimore, MD12 contributions
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, UK203 contributions
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, NY15,368 contributions
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 USA72 contributions
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, Canada803 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Emily Thomas
Bucyrus, OH62 contributions
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
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stanley S
Winter Garden, FL545 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brooke In The Air
Cleveland, OH50 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We visited at the end of the 2022 holiday, and it was magical. The tree lighting in Rockefeller Center is something everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. It's so beautiful, and the tree is imported in usually late November before it is set up in mid-December.
Written 9 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada831 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is considered a NYC holiday jewel and is admired by locals & tourists alike. I was mesmerized over the brilliant architecture with 50,000 multi-colored LED lights topped off with a Swarovski Star. I stopped by before ice-skating on the Rock rink, but the hypnotic affect of the tree lingered long after my startling experience.
Written 7 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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