Rockefeller Tree Lighting Tonight

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is typically lit on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, which means its happening tonight!

New York City will be rocking tonight with The Radio City Rockettes, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble, Shakira, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, and hosts Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi. The festivities begin at 6:45pm and the tree will be lit at 8:55pm on the dot! If you can’t make it to Rockefeller Center, then watch it on NBC starting at 7pm. With this forecast:
Rain in the evening…then rain with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Windy with lows around 50. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph…increasing to 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph after midnight. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
I am more than happy to DVR the show and watch it while I decorate my own tree with my husband! Maybe I can have our tree set to be lit at 8:55pm as well – although that’s a lot of electricity to add my 4 foot tree to the energy grid at the same time…
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is typically a Norway Spruce. The minimum requirement is that the tree be 65 feet tall and 35 feet wide, however Rockefeller Center prefers the tree be between 75 and 90 feet tall and proportionally wide. Norway Spruce in forests don’t typically reach these proportions, so the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tends to be one that was ornamentally planted in someone’s front or back yard. There is no compensation offered in exchange for the tree, other than the pride of having donated the tree that appears in Rockefeller Center. Over five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree every year. Only the lights and the star decorate the tree. The tree is recycled and the 3 tons of mulch are donated to the Boy Scouts. The largest portion of the trunk is donated to the U.S. Equestrian team in New Jersey to use as an obstacle jump.
If you don’t want to miss seeing the lights this season, don’t stop by after 11:30pm unless its Christmas Day when the lights stay on for 24 hours. On New Year’s Eve the lights are turned off at 9:00 p.m. Make sure you visit sometime before January 7th when the tree is taken down…
NYC is the most beautiful place to get into the Christmas spirit – so get out there are experience it!

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