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The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Everything We Know So Far

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|by Jane Jourdan |


We’ve got the details on the 2018 tree lighting ceremony

The lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is arguably one of the top 3 most iconic moments of the year in New York City. The other two – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve – bookend this spectacular happening. More to come on those two later! 

Today, we want to jump start preparations for the holidays and relay the details we know for sure about the Rockerfeller Center’s glittering annual event. At the very least, we want to make sure you have the date marked in your calendar, which is *drumroll*… 

Get into the holiday season at this annual New York City event (Photo: Rockerfeller Center)

Get into the holiday season at this annual New York City event (Photo: Rockerfeller Center)

NOV. 28th, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.

For those of you visiting from out of town, Rockefeller Plaza is between W. 48th and W. 51st Streets, between 5th and 6th Avenue. The event is an age-inclusive, free (first-come) gift to the public that has been happening for over eight decades, with the first official lightning ceremony in 1933. 

We’ll share some of the highlight moments to see in real life but don’t fear if you’re outside the city and won’t make it to the event. The Christmas Tree ceremony is broadcast every year on NBC, which we recommend if you can’t gaze into the bright lights in person. 

Also, did you know, if you happen to live on a Christmas tree farm, you can submit your tree if it meets a few of the detailed requirements of the special centerpiece. The criteria is as a follows: “…a Norway Spruce that is in the later years of its life cycle, measuring at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter.” 

If you’re concerned about getting a great view at the lighting ceremony, you can also choose to purchase a Rockefeller Center tour some time in late November or December, which includes various options to take you to the Top of the Rock, or through a historical tour, which includes the tree.

New York sure feels great with the holiday spirit in the air. See you at the ceremony! 

For more of the best of NYC during the holidays, check out our lists of the Top Shows in New York in November 2018 and December 2018.

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