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 November 30, when thousands of revelers fill the area for the lighting of this year’s Norway spruce. A star-studded lineup, usually hosted by NBC Today show anchors, provides plenty of 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.
Decked out with more than 30,000 lights, a towering Norway spruce goes electric with the flip of a switch at the annual Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center . The nationally televised extravaganza will be a star-studded affair, hosted by the Today show gang. The tree will preside over the plaza until January 7.