Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2021

Wed Dec 1, 2021
7:00pm ET
Rockefeller Center

The 89th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has arrived at 30 Rock and awaits its close-up. Families across the nation can view the tree lighting from home, live on the national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” on NBC.

Once the tree is lit, families can visit (and maybe do some skating!) through January. The tree is displayed between West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

To ensure a safe experience for everyone, visiting the plaza will be a bit different this year, with special tree viewing entrances and traffic patterns, tree viewing time limits, and masks and social distancing required at all times.

How to arrive and see the tree:

  • Tree viewing entrances will be located on 49th and 50th streets and 5th and 6th Avenues ONLY. Once you have entered, follow social distancing markers as you proceed to the tree viewing zones on 49th and 50th streets. Center Plaza, where the tree is physically located, is closed to the public.
  • Each distancing floor marker accommodates four people. There can be no more than four people in one pod (a six-foot diameter circle decal outlined on the ground.) Groups of more than four people will be separated into two or more pods.​
  • Once you have reached the tree viewing zone, you have a five-minute time limit to enjoy the tree and take photos.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times.​
  • Social distancing will be enforced by specially trained staff and NYPD and visitors should maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and other parties.
  • This year, there is virtual queuing during busy times to help manage the flow of visitors to the plaza. Once you have entered the virtual queue, you will receive a wait time and SMS message when it is your time to view the tree.

Photo courtesy of NYCGO. 

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