Christmastime in New York is a sight to behold. After the first snowfall, Central Park transforms into a winter wonderland. Tourists crowd around glittering red and green department store windows. And even amid all the conspicuous displays of holiday cheer, Rockefeller Center’s ice rink, trumpeting angels, and, of course, the legendary Christmas tree glow like Rudolph’s nose.
Made famous around the globe thanks, in part, to classic holiday flicks like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, and Home Alone 2, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree draws millions of spectators each year. And finally, with Thanksgiving and its showboaty parade in the rearview, it’s the tree’s turn to shine.
On Wednesday, December 4, NBC’s backyard will see bigger-than-usual crowds as thousands of yulephiles gather for celebrity performances, holiday tunes, and the annual lighting of the tree. Here’s everything you need to know before welcoming Christmastime at the 87th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony in Midtown Manhattan.