This year more than ever New Yorkers, and people from around the world, could use a dose of holiday cheer as we continue to deal with the pandemic. This year, the 75-foot Norway spruce at Rockefeller Center is adorned with more than 5 miles of lights and will be illuminated on December 2 at 7pm.
In a statement, Rob Speyer, president and CEO of Tishman Speyer said,“The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree always represents the holiday season, but it has also stood tall as a symbol of hope, resilience, and New York’s enduring spirit, from the Great Depression to 9/11, Superstorm Sandy through today. 2020 has been a difficult year, but New Yorkers have persevered, and we are determined to come back better and stronger.”
While the public won't be allowed to attend in person this year because of the coronavirus, NBC will broadcast the show live. Dolly Parton is set to headline the Christmas in Rockefeller Center event with performances also planned by Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. There will also be a performance by the world-famous Rockettes.
This year's tree was donated by Al Dick of Daddy Al's General Store in Oneonta. It is about 45 feet in diameter and weighs in at 11 tons. The tree arrived with a bit of a surprise attached, a baby owl dubbed Rocky, who was later freed into the wild.
For those wishing to see the tree in person. Visiting hours are from 6am to 12 am. Ice skating, shops and restaurants are also available nearby.