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Everything You Need to Know About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

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Calling all Christmas fans! Once November kicks, holiday fanatics can't wait to put up their trees and kick off their Christmas shopping. And while the day after Thanksgiving is oftentimes the Christmas kick-off mark, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is arguably one of the most exciting aspects of the holiday season. So, when can we expect to see the humongous Christmas tree shining bright in Manhattan's midtown? Scroll down for everything we know! 

When does the tree go up in Rockefeller Center?

The tree will go up in Rockefeller Center on Dec. 4, 2019, three weeks before Christmas Day (it's later this year due to a later Thanksgiving). This is the 87th annual Christmas tree lighting to happen in Rockefeller Center.

The tree historically comes down a few days after the New Year (so in early 2020) and is donated to Habitat for Humanity.

While the tree is up, the visiting hours are from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. daily. However, on Christmas Day, the tree stays lit for 24 hours.