"Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights Up NYC, Kicking Off Holiday Season"

Holiday Tradition Unveiled

The 80-foot Rockefeller Center Norway Spruce Christmas tree will light up New York City just before 10 p.m., starting the holiday season.

Historical Symbolism

For nearly 80 years, the tree has symbolized the start of the holiday season.

TV Spectacle

The "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special on NBC and Peacock will feature the tree lighting, Today show hosts, and Mario Lopez's pre-show.

Virtual Experience

 NBC or Rockefeller Center's Instagram feed will broadcast live shots and a clip of the tree lighting.

In-Person Attendance

Spectators must enter through designated entry points, which open around 4 p.m., and an accessible viewing area on the southwest corner of 49 Street.

Tree's Origin

The 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, aged 80–85, is from Vestal, NY and stands 80 feet tall and 43 feet broad.

Dazzling Illumination

The tree has over 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on 5 miles of cable and a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star with 3 million crystals.

Extended Festive Display

The tree is illuminated everyday from 5 a.m. to midnight, with special arrangements on Christmas Day (24 hours).

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