The holiday season begins in Midtown with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on Wednesday December 3. Don’t miss live performances from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m at Rockefeller Plaza.
This year is the 82nd annual tree lighting and promises to be bigger than ever. Can’t make it to NYC? The lighting will air on Wednesday December 3 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The tree has always been a Norway Spruce and this year’s tree hails from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, standing at nearly 85 feet high. This 90-year-old tree weighs a whopping 13 tons!
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting has always been an event to remember – this year’s featured performers include Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Seth MacFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood.
Looking to visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting? The ceremony is free for the public and space is available on a first-come basis. The tree is available for viewing from 5:30 a.m. until Midnight. After the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, head to the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. The rink only allows 150 skaters at a time so it’s guaranteed you’ll have an intimate skating experience. For adults the skating rate is $30 per person, for children (under 11) and seniors its $15 and skate rental is $12. Hoping to improve your skating game? Take advantage of the skate lessons, available for $50 per person. There are also tons of fun skating packages as well. The Engagement on Ice package is perfect for those hoping to pop the question to that special someone in a memorable location, prices start from $350. The VIP skate package is a fun first class way to experience the rink, complete with a skate concierge to assist you will your skates, in and out access to the rink, refreshments and freshly baked cookies!