Standing in front of the towering tree sure makes you want to pinch yourself. From a young McCallister lost in New York to Buddy's first date, this tradition has taken place for 87 years and continues to please locals and tourists alike.
The 2019 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 4 at Rockefeller Plaza. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues through early 2020. On Christmas day, the lights shine for a full 24 hours.
The tree lighting ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. It will also be broadcasted on NBC from 8-10PM on December 4th.
Side note: You can submit an application to DONATE your tree. Meaning, if you have a tree that is large enough - The Rockefeller Center will literally come and take it down for you to donate for the season. Tree must be over 75 feet tall and be a Norway Spruce.
When: Wednesday December 4th, 2019
Where: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111