• Marty Sullivan II

Holiday Season at Rockefeller Center Continues with Covid-19 Precautions


Since the first tree was placed in Rockefeller Center in December 1931, the lighting of the tree has continued to be an annual event for New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. However, the tree lighting is not the only attraction during the holiday season at Rockefeller Center. From the Saks Lights Up Fifth Avenue event to The Rink, the entire plaza is filled with holiday spirit. With the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting this year, attendees get the same experience, but at a distance due to Covid-19.


This year’s tree, set to dawn its lights on Dec. 2, is already standing tall for visitors to see in Rockefeller Center. Along with slight adjustments compared to normal years, the tree lighting will be closed to the general public and broadcasted live on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center. After the night of the tree lighting, viewing is open to the public while also following new procedures for social distancing.


After visiting the tree, the attractions continue with the Saks Lights Up Fifth Avenue event. Running until January 4, 2021, the outer wall of Saks Fifth Avenue displays a light and music show every 15 minutes. Underneath the light show is an array of window displays showcasing designers and window art.


Despite the changes to keep visitors safe this holiday season, many people found themselves in Rockefeller Center to enjoy the festivities in the area. Queens, New York native, Sharon stated, “the decorations and the lights because it is right by 5th [Avenue] so I just walk right by the windows,” when asked about her favorite part of Rockefeller Center during the holiday season.


If you find yourself visiting Rockefeller Center this holiday season, be sure to update yourself on their Covid-19 precautions and procedures.


As the holiday season moves along around the world, New Yorkers and visitors can be relieved to know this annual attraction is still shining bright.

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