Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2017

15 Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (2019 Update)

The 87th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is less than two weeks away and preparations are in full swing! Every New Yorker is looking forward to seeing the Christmas tree masterpiece in all its glory. If you are visiting New York in December, make sure you stop by the most famous Christmas tree in the world!

Prepare your visit with our top 15 facts about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!


Can’t make it to the live ceremony? Follow us on Facebook and enjoy a live coverage of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony 2019!


1. The official Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony 2019 will be held on December 4, from 7 – 9 PM at Rockefeller Plaza (Map). This event is free, however, access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure you’ll arrive early at Rockefeller Plaza!



2. The magnificent tree will remain lit until January 17, 2020 and can be visited daily from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM.

3. Every Norway spruce wants to become the Rockefeller Christmas Tree – But only one wins the race each year. This year, an 70-year-old, 77-feet-tall and 14 tons heavy Norway spruce from Orange County, New York won the selection!

4. Erik Pauzé, Rockefeller Center’s head gardener, is in charge of selecting the famous New York Christmas tree. This year’s tree had already been selected by Pauzé five years ago!


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5. What happens to the Christmas tree after January 17, 2020? Its lumber will be donated to a nonprofit organization in order to build homes for families in need!

6. Approximately 125 million people visit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree each year and about 500,000 people pass by the tree each day.

7. The first Christmas tree ceremony took place in 1933.

8. Traditionally, the tree is a donation from the owner to Rockefeller Center. Obviously, any costs involving transportation, etc. will be covered by Rockefeller Center.

9. It’s the most photographed Christmas tree in the world. Rest assured, this scenery will get you loads of likes on social media!


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Image: @christmaswrapup via Instagram


10. Since 2004, a Swarovski crystal star tops the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The star is adorned with 25,000 crystals, weighs 550 pounds and is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.

11. The tree shines bright thanks to 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on a 5-mile-long wire (worth approx. $13,500).

12. In 2007 Rockefeller Center installed 363 solar panels in order to support the tree’s electricity consumption of roughly 1297 kWh per day!


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Angles

Image: @photography_in_stilettos via Instagram


13. Tallest Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees: 1999 – 100 ft | 2016 – 94 ft | 1996 – 90 ft

14. Since 1954, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens turns off its fountains and instead features twelve wire-sculpted angels with gilded trumpets angled toward the tree.

15. More than 9 million people will be watching the Rockefeller Tree Lighting ceremony on television.

Wow! That was a lot of information for a single Christmas tree! We hope you enjoyed our top 15 facts. Find other events in New York in December 2019 here.


Can’t make it to the ceremony? Don’t forget to tune in for our live stream of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony 2019 on December 4, 2019, starting at 7 PM (EST) on our Facebook page!

Happy Holidays!

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