Sing along at the 2018 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

It’s officially the holiday season which means twinkling lights, exquisitely arranged wreaths, and festive music are everywhere. While you can see all this enchanting décor throughout NYC for the next few months, nothing compares to attending the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The 75 year old and 72 feet tall tree acts as a holiday beacon, jumpstarting the merry season, and an over half a million people will pass by tree each day it’s up. Daily between November 28th and January 7th from, you can pass by the impressive pine for a spectacular sight.

This year’s Norwegian spruce will be officially lit on Wednesday, November 28th in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza between west 48th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues. Though people come to see the lights shine, there’s also amazing performances and festive banter of the hosts. For the 86th year, thousands will gather around the massive spectacle to watch. The annual ceremony is entirely free but a popular attraction, so get there early and expect large crowds.

East Village Apartments’s guests can easily get to Rockefeller Plaza via the F train, just enter at the nearby 2nd Ave station and exit at the Rockefeller Center stop. Gramercy Townhouse folks can take the N or R train from 23rd Street to the 49th Street stop.

If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the NBC broadcast on November 28th beginning at 8:00PM EST. For two hours, your TV can be filled with wonderful holiday performances and a bird’s eye view of the tree as it’s lit.

Photo from Rockefeller Center


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