Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting 2019

rockefeller christmas tree lighting

Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting 2019 will once again take center stage to jump start the 2019 Christmas season. This national tradition, that started in 1931, is loaded with superstars to help celebrate this event.

Is the Rockefeller Christmas tree real?

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Yes. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is very real! In fact, it is a year long process to find this huge tree. Organizers search for the right tree all year before the final selection happens. The selected tree, usually is a Norway spruce, 69 to 100 feet (21 to 30 m) tall.

What date is the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in 2019? 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is always the following Wednesday after the Thanksgiving Day.

This year, 2019, the city will light the Rockefeller Christmas tree for the first time on Wednesday, December 4. People will be able to enjoy live performances from 6:30-10:30 at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Many celebrities appear at this event, including John Legend, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Gwen Stefani and more.

What time will the Rockefeller Christmas tree be lit?

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Usually, people enjoy live performances from 7-9pm at Rockefeller Plaza first. Then, around 9 pm, the actual magic moment happens, the Rockefeller Christmas tree lights up.

Each year, thousands of people wait for the event on the sidewalks in New York City and millions watch the live broadcast.

Where is the Rockefeller Christmas tree coming from in 2019?

The majority of the trees that are displayed at Rockefeller Center are from the North East. Organizers bring the trees from Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Upstate New York.

Last year, our tree came from a farmhouse north of New York City, Wallkill, New York. The tree was a 75 years old “Shelby”. Beautiful 75-year-old Shelby arrived to the Big Apple three weeks before the actual lighting ceremony. The new tree’s name and origin will be announced later this year.

How tall is the Rockefeller Christmas tree? How big is the Rockefeller Christmas tree this year?

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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is usually 69 to 100 feet (21 to 30 m) tall.

In 2018, the tree was 72-foot tall and weighted 12 tons.

How much does Rockefeller tree cost?

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is usually donated. However, Rockefeller Center pays for Christmas tree decorations.

Last year, the tree was wrapped with 5-miles of multi-colored LED lights and other decorations. Moreover, the new star, on top of the tree, from Swarovski crystals costed 3 million dollars, last year. The tree looked amazing.

Is the Rockefeller Christmas tree lit 24 hours? How long do Christmas decorations stay up in NYC?

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is usually stays up from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. daily, except on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

However, On Christmas, the tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve the lights are turned off at 9 p.m.

This year, 2019, the tree at the Rockefeller Plaza will be up from December 4 till early 2020.

Although, New Yorkers start decorating their houses, storefronts and streets the day after Thanksgiving. At the end of November, you can already see and feel the Christmas spirit in the city.

How many lights are on the Rockefeller Christmas tree this year?

In 2018, the Rockefeller Christmas tree had 5-miles of multi-colored LED lights, and a huge $3mln Swarovski star on top of it.

Who’s performing at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting 2019?

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Photo: Mourad Saadi

The Rockefeller Tree Lighting 2018 featured Howie Mandel, John Legend, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Brett Eldredge, Darci Lynne Farmer, Martina McBride, Pentatonix and Kellie Pickler. The line up for this year will be announced closer to the event.

Can I watch the Rockefeller Christmas tree 2019 live on TV?

Yes. NBC broadcasts the Rockefeller Center Plaza on Wednesday, December 4, 8–10pm.


NY Beauty & Health Magazine wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!! 😉

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