On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lights up NYC with 45,000 lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. This year marks the 81st anniversary of the most famous tree lighting.
You can join the tens of thousands who crowd around the sidewalks to see it or watch it broadcast live, along with performances, on NBC from 7 pm – 9 pm EST.
For me, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the tree. As a child, my father would take me every year on my birthday, a week before Christmas. Now I take my children to keep the tradition.
Rockefeller Center tree
Who: All ages.
What: The holiday tree that has been lighting up NYC since 1933.
Where: Rockefeller Center, between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC.
When: December 4 – January 7. You can visit daily from 5:30 am – 11:30 pm.
If you’re feeling up for the wait in line, you can go skating at The Ice Rink, which rents skates, in sizes ranging from baby 6 to men size 1. Hours and schedule may vary daily due to inclement weather or private functions. Call 212.332.7654 for daily updates on Ice Rink hours and availability.
Kids will love a stop in The LEGO store.