Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting | New York Events

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is an NY Event that kicks of the Christmas season.

November 27, 2019

The Christmas season in New York begins with New York Events like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

About Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting:
The history of this favorite of holiday New York Event has its foundations in the resilience of America that is as old as the foundation of 30 Rockefeller Plaza herself. Groundbreaking on 30 Rock began in 1931, during the Great Depression. 
It was amid the holiday season of 1931, and workers were clearing the site on 6th Avenue in Midtown where the then-named RCA Building would stand. 

Despite taking place in the middle of the Depression, the workers put some money together and bought a 20-foot balsam fir for the work site and placed it in the area where the workers collected their paychecks.

On December 24th, 1931, these blue collar heroes, some of whom can be seen in the famous photograph “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” where the workers were photographed having lunch while balanced precariously on a beam at the 69th floor, were lined up beneath the tree to collect their holiday checks when the workers began to decorate the tree with whatever they had, which during the Depression was not much. 

LIttle girl holding a cup of hot chocolate.
Make family memories that will last a lifetime at the Rock Center Tree lighting. 

According to one historian, the tree’s decorations included blasting caps, gum wrappers, empty cans - anything the men may have had in their pockets or was lying on the ground. On that Christmas Eve, even though there was no tree in 1932, began a beloved holiday institution in New York City that is in its 83rd year.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting has persevered through some of our country’s darkest hours. In 1942, during World War II, all resources went to the war effort, so in place of one towering tree, three smaller ones were placed on the plaza and decorated, one red, one white and one blue. In the wake of 9/11 in 2001, the single tree was again adorned in red, white and blue. 
This year’s event takes place on November 27th.  In addition to the tree lighting, those who attend will enjoy live performance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Arrive to Rockefeller Center hours before the Christmas Tree Lighting event and enjoy the festive activities and decorations around the center.  Enjoy shops like J. Crew, Tiffany, Del Frisco’s Grille, Loft, Christies.  Grab a Hot Chocolate from Starbuck’s and watch the people enjoying ice skating at the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating rink.

This family-friendly NYC Event is free and open to the public. Hear carolers sing in the season and give the kids a chance to let Santa know what they hope to find under the tree this year. 

This New York Event takes place near Hotel Mela at Rockefeller Plaza which is located between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth     Avenues, approximately .5 Miles away and just 12 minutes walking distance.

Dates & Times: Wednesday, November 27th, with live performances from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth     Avenues, New York 10111
Distance from Hotel: .5 miles/12-minute walk

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