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'Christmas in Rockefeller Centre': Things to know about 89th annual Christmas event

The biggest holiday is right around the corner and New York is all set to welcome the Christmas season, decking up Rockefeller Centre as per tradition
The great Norway spruce in Rockefeller Centre (Instagram - @rockefellercenter)
The great Norway spruce in Rockefeller Centre (Instagram - @rockefellercenter)

With the festive and the world's most famous and celebrated season right around the corner, Rockefeller Centre is all decked and ready to dazzle in Christmas lights to dazzle away celebrating the season's greetings. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting will once again be open to the public again on Wednesday after the world-famous holiday event was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic last year. 


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When is the inauguration of the 89th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Centre and where can you watch it?

The upcoming Christmas holidays will officially be kickstarted with the annual tree lighting ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. The event will be aired on NBC and can be streamed on fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, or Peacock TV.

Where will the event be taking place?

The celebrations will commence from 7:00-10:00 pm on Wednesday, right outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in between West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues, in Midtown.

What is the 89th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Centre all about?

This year will officially mark the 89th year since the much-hyped and extravagant Christmas in Rockefeller Center event has occurred. The very first event of its kind included a very furry fir that was put up during the Great Depression in 1931. In accordance with Untapped New York, this tree was just about 20 feet tall and was decorated with tin cans, cranberries, and paper garlands made by the workers' families. 

What's special about this year's Christmas tree?

The gigantic tree will be lit every day from 6 am up until midnight, according to the official Rockefeller tree lighting website. On December 25, it will be completely lit for 24 hours straight. Big Apple’s annual tree lighting this year is an 80-foot tall, 85-year-old Norway Spruce, donated by a family from Elkton, Maryland. To welcome the festive season in all its grandeur, the tree will be illuminated with about 50,000 lights, topped with a dazzling 900-pound star, that's made with a whopping 3 million Swarovski crystals!