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What You Need to Know for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2012

November 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM | by | ()

So you want to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Join the club, or rather the crowds as the Rock Center tree spectacle clogs the plaza and Fifth Avenue sidewalks starting November 28, when the official tree lighting ceremony goes down.

The 80-ft tall spruce is from Mount Olive, NJ and weathered the winds of Hurricane Sandy just fine. It was chopped down today and will head into Manhattan to be secured and decorated starting from November 14 (tomorrow!).

If you'll be in Manhattan on November 28 and want to soak up a bit of that Miracle on 34th Street-style, wholesome holiday spirit, here's the details you need to know:

80th Annual Tree Lighting
· Starts at 7pm, but arrive much much earlier.
· Performances end around 9pm
· Those performances include skaters on the ice rink, the Radio City Rockettes, and appearances from as-yet-announced stars (last year it was Olivia Wilde and Justin Bieber). · It's all free and cameras are welcome, but it will be very shoulder-to-shoulder crowded.
· The closest subway stop is 47-50th Street/Rockefeller Center with the B/D/M/F trains, but that will also be the busiest with highest security. We'd recommend 5th Ave/53rd St on the M/E or just walking south down 5th Avenue from the 5th/59th Street stop on the Q/N/R.

Keep up with the Christmas tree and enter to win a trip to see the tree lighting on the official Rockefeller Center site.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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