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

Samantha Faragalli Younghans - Author

Dec. 1 2021, Updated 12:49 p.m. ET

Calling all Christmas fans! Once November starts, holiday fanatics can't wait to put up their trees and kick off their Christmas shopping. And while the day after Thanksgiving oftentimes marks the unofficial start of Christmas, 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!

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When does the tree go up at Rockefeller Center?

The tree will go up at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 1, 2021, three weeks before Christmas Day. This is the 89th annual Christmas tree lighting to happen at Rockefeller Center.

The tree historically comes down a few days after the New Year (so in early 2022) 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.

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Where is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree located?

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting is located at Rockefeller Center, which is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, N.Y.

The famous city landmark is located in midtown Manhattan, between West 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The tree usually arrives in early November, but isn't lit until later in the year.

Where can I buy tickets for the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting?

Luckily for visitors, attending the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. However, it's important to note that the sidewalk and streets fill up very quickly for this highly anticipated event, so it's ideal to get there early. Like, really early...

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Where can I watch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting?

If you choose to not watch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting in person, you can luckily catch it on television to avoid the hectic crowds. The lighting will air on Dec. 1 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on NBC, which in our opinion, is the most exciting two hours of the holiday season. The event will also be streamed live on Peacock.

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Who is hosting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting?

Luckily for us, our favorite hosts from the Today Show usually host the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, with familiar faces including Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and more leading the exciting show live from Rockefeller Center.

Who is performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting?

Performers for this year's event include Alessia Cara, Harry Connick Jr., Mickey Guyton, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Rob Thomas, Carrie Underwood and the Radio City Rockettes.

We're counting down the hours until we can head to the tree for our annual selfie and ice skating adventure!

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