2021 Rockefeller Christmas tree: Watch the lighting ceremony

The New York Rockefeller Heart’s iconic Christmas tree has arrived at its new house, and it’s able to razzle-dazzle. The 80-year-old, 79-foot-tall Norway spruce was shipped from Elkton, Maryland, and shall be lit on December 1 in a festive ceremony broadcast throughout the globe, which is able to deck the pine tree with greater than 50,000 multi-colored bulbs and an architect-crafted Swarovski star topper, studded with 3 million crystals. The grandeur and scale of all of it is difficult to fathom. The tree itself weighs 12 tons, and the star provides one other 900 kilos; the entire factor shall be strung with practically 5 miles of LED lights. (After the holidays, the tree shall be milled into beams of lumber used as flooring and ceilings in Habitat for Humanity homes.)

This season, Rockefeller’s Christmas celebration is again in full pressure, after a spare yr in 2020 when crowds had been banned from gathering and guests who reserved spots in a digital line got simply 5 minutes to stare upon the tree. Whereas final yr’s tree—which was limper and sparser-spruced than normal—was ridiculed as an indication of the occasions, this yr’s decide symbolizes a comeback, all fluffy and plush, based on early stories.

That requires a bash, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday dwell from the plaza—fittingly, house of broadcaster NBC—and can embody performances from nation singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, in addition to jazz artists Harry Connick Jr. and Norah Jones. Right here’s the way to tune in to the 89th yr of the annual vacation custom (kicked off in 1931!):


If in case you have cable:

  • The “Christmas in Rockefeller Heart” dwell particular will air on the NBC channel and NBC-owned TV associates.
  • It can even be obtainable to stream on the NBC web site and app, in addition to NBC’s Peacock.

When you’re a cord-cutter:

  • NBC broadcasts additionally come bundled with a number of streaming companies, together with Hulu + Reside TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, fubo TV, and AT&T TV.
  • When you don’t have any of these subscriptions, many supply free trials, together with Hulu + Reside TV (7 days) and YouTube TV (7 days).