Visit The Rockefeller Tree This Holiday Season

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lit up at night with buildings in the background

While your holiday season this year may look different, finding outdoor activities close to your Glenwood apartment for you and your family will help make lasting memories! Visiting the Rockefeller Tree this year is a fun, distanced activity that is enjoyable for all! If you saw pictures of the tree when it first arrived, you may know it came in looking a bit disheveled- but don’t fear, it has gotten branch extensions (yes apparently that is a real thing!) and it now looks full and beautiful. Keep reading to find out more about visiting the tree this year.

History Of The Rockefeller Tree

photo from 1931 of first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree with workers lined up in front of it getting their pay checks
Image courtesy of https://www.rockefellercenter.com/holidays/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

This is Rockefeller Center’s 88th annual Christmas Tree! The first tree was back in December of 1931. The workers paid for a 20-foot-tall tree to lift spirits! They even created their own tree ornaments and garlands. Holiday cheer can lift spirits- which is especially important this year! 

When To Visit

A close up shot of a woman standing in front of the lit up Rockefeller Center Tree with her hands raised

The 75-foot tree will be on display through the beginning of January and you can visit from 6am to 12am. On New Year’s Eve, you can only visit until 9pm. When you arrive, if there is a wait time due to social distancing, you can scan a code with your phone located at the gate that will let you know when you will be able to visit the tree! This year you will have distanced floor marker where you will stand to view the tree.  Each marker will hold only 4 people, and if you are in a group larger than 4, you will have to separate onto two different markers. Masks are required. 

The 75-foot tree will be on display through the beginning of January and you can visit from 6am to 12am. On New Year’s Eve, you can only visit until 9pm. When you arrive, if there is a wait time due to social distancing, you can scan a code with your phone located at the gate that will let you know when you will be able to visit the tree! This year you will have distanced floor marker where you will stand to view the tree.  Each marker will hold only 4 people, and if you are in a group larger than 4, you will have to separate onto two different markers. Masks are required. 

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Where Did This Year’s Tree Come From

This year’s evergreen tree came from Oneonta. It is approximated to be between 75 and 80 years old!  When the tree is taken down, the wood becomes used for Habitat For Humanity. Then, the search for the following year’s tree begins again- it takes months to locate the perfect tree! 

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