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The 2021 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Is Making History

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The 2021 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Is Making History


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It's that time of the year again to see New York City's Rockefeller Center illuminated by the most famous Christmas tree.

After the coronavirus pandemic called for important safety restrictions to be put in to place last winter, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony is back for everyone to enjoy. What's more, it's already made history. For the first time since the holiday tradition was officially introduced in 1933, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is from the state of Maryland instead of New York.

Standing at a whopping 79 feet tall and weighing in at about 12 tons, the Norway spruce was cut in the town of Elkton and is estimated to be 85 years old. As is customary, the 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs and topped off with a star made up of three million Swarovski crystals. The sparkler first adorned the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and it's been brought out each year ever since.

Whether you plan on admiring the beautiful evergreen from afar or stopping by for an in-person visit, here’s all the info to know about the 89th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

How to Watch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting is airing on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 1. If you're planning on watching via your laptop or mobile device, you can tune in on the NBC site or NBC app — just make sure to have your TV provider information handy. Don't have a login? No problem. The special TV event will also be broadcasted live on NBC's Peacock site and Peacock app.

How to Stream the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

  • YouTube TV ($65 per month, free two-week trial included)

  • Hulu + Live TV ($65 per month, free seven-day trial included)

  • fuboTV ($65 per month, free seven-day trial included)

  • Sling TV ($35 per month)

How to View the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in Person

Visitors are once again being welcomed to attend the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in person. If you can't make it on the special night, the attraction will be open for daily viewing from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET through December. The tree usually comes down in early January but details are yet to be confirmed.

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