The tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza airs tonight on NBC at 7 p.m. ET and stars across the board are showing up for their holiday performances. Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, Neil Diamond and Pentatonix are just a few of the performers. For those of you hoping to visit the tree this year or show up for the tree lighting, we have all the details you need below, along with road closure information for tonight’s show.
LOCATION: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10111.
LIGHTING TIMES: The tree will be lit, starting November 30, 2016 at the Christmas In Rockefeller show. Then the tree will be lit up every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET until January 7, 2017. On Christmas Day, the tree will remain lit for 24 hours.
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER SHOW TIME: 7 – 9 p.m. ET
TRAFFIC & ROAD CLOSURES ON NOVEMBER 30, 2016: Drivers should avoid the area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. according to NBC New York. Road closures are reported to be from 3 p.m. ET on, around the 48th, 49th, 50th, and 51st streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
TREE VISITATION: The annual tree lighting ceremony is free for all and is open to the public on a “first-come, first-served basis.” The same goes for daily visitation.
MEANING OF THE TREE: What is the reason for the lighting of the tree? NBC reports that the tree is a symbol of hope and that it even inspired the children’s book, “The Carpenter’s Gift,” written by David Rubel, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. After the tree is taken down, it is donated to Habitat for Humanity.
If you are attending the tree lighting show tonight, umbrellas, backpacks and large bags are prohibited. Mass transit is also recommended.