Rockefeller Center! YAY!
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The 2014 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 3 with live performances from 7-9pm at Rockefeller Plaza.The ceremony is FREE. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions will watch the live broadcast around the globe. The tree will remain lit and open to the public until 8pm on January 7, 2015.
Tree Lighting History
For over seven decades, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. Even before the first formal tree went up, workers lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to collect their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression. People from around the world came after September 11th to see the Tree decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue. Today, more than half a million people pass by the Tree very day, making Rockefeller Center the epicenter of New York City’s holiday celebrations. For New Yorkers, this is a important time to reflect and think about the great depression and also to have fun and see the big tree with all of the pretty lights.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November 7, 2014 - December 31, 2014.
The Music Hall has been meticulously restored to reflect its original 1930s grandeur and guests can visit by either taking a tour or attending a show. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a one-of-a-kind celebration that brings together family, friends and loved ones. The Rockettes dazzle in brilliant dance numbers and Radio City is aglow with the joy of the season. Tours of Radio City Music Hall available. On the Radio City Stage Door Tour, you’ll discover the glamour of its Art Deco interiors, the secrets of the Great Stage and even meet one of the world-famous Rockettes!
The Channel Gardens
Throughout the year, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens blooms in uniquely themed plant installations that transform with the seasons. From an ocean of Tulips to a Weeping Willow forest, The Channel Gardens brings refreshing surprises, you simply have to keep coming back. It is a greta thinking time to walk around and enjoy a small get away form the city even though you are still in the city.