Rockefeller Plaza (West 48th to West 51st Sts. bet. Fifth and Sixth Aves.)
Manhattan, NY 10020
It doesn’t get much more picture-postcard NYC Christmas than the sight of the stately Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, towering above the ice rink below, all decked out in its finest holiday bling. Things get festive on December 2, when thousands of revelers fill the area for the lighting of this year’s Norway spruce. Usually hosted by personalities from NBC’s Today show, the program features a star-studded lineup for its live entertainment. The crowning moment comes when the switch is flipped and the Swarovski star–topped tree’s tens of thousands of (energy-efficient LED) lights come alive. Expect plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” from the crowd. If you can’t make it to the big event, worry not—you can see the tree (and snap plenty of photos of it) through early January.
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