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Rockefeller Center’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov 28th 2013

The iconic Christmas tree recognized around the world will spread holiday cheer in New York from December 4th until January 7th, 2014.

This year’s tree is a 76-foot, 12-ton Norway spruce from Shelton, Connecticut. It’s one of the city’s biggest holiday attractions, and is considered the world’s most famous Christmas tree. Adorning the tree are 45,000 twinkling LED lights - that’s over 5 miles of wire!

The first Rockefeller tree was decorated by construction workers in 1931 during the Depression and two years later, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony began. The Lighting Ceremony today attracts tens of thousands of people to the streets and millions more at home who watch it on television.

The ceremony is also known for its performances and celebrity appearances. Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande will take to the stage to sing classic Christmas carols at this year’s ceremony.

Presiding over the famed Rockefeller skating rink, the area surrounding the tree is the epitome of festive New York. Along with the dazzling Christmas tree are the herald angels, which are wire-sculpted angel figures decorated and holding trumpets. Accompanying the angels are Toy Soldiers stationed along walkways.

If you plan on attending the December 4th, Tree Lighting Ceremony, be sure to get there early and secure your spot. Tree revelers will begin to position themselves as early as noon. The ceremony begins at 7pm with the actual lighting of the tree taking place closer to 9pm. The streets surrounding the area will be closed off early in the day for preparations, so be sure to plan accordingly. For more information, visit