Rockefeller Center (NYC) Tree Lighting

The Beginning of the Christmas Season


                                                 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting                                                      
  (Tree in front of 30 Rock – skaters below)

The first Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was in 1933, when 30 Rockefeller Center opened.  Yes, the same as “30 Rock”!  The first tree was about 20 feet; while this year’s Tree measures 94 feet.  As you can see in some of the pictures, the Tree towers over Manhattan.  Once the lighting takes place, it is officially Christmas in New York City!


My sister, Wendy and I celebrating Christmas in NYC (me on the right)

As a very young child, my mother worked for Yardley in the Rockefeller Center Building. My sister and I would stand at the large windows overlooking the skating rink and watch Christmas unfolding before our eyes. 


 Kelly and Keith at the Tree Lighting

Years later when my sister and I both worked in Manhattan, we would rush over to catch the Tree Lighting.  We would meet at the entrance of Rockefeller Center where the large Angels stand with their trumpets ready to announce the beginning of the Holiday Season! (see the picture of Kelly standing in front of the Angels).


 Kelly, age 6 – Keith, age 2 at Rockefeller Center

As I started my own family, the tradition of joining the crowds continued as we would view the very large Tree erected each year. 

 Hopefully the pictures will give you the feeling of being right there with us!!!


 Rockefeller Tree Lighting (Nighttime View)


About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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7 Responses to Rockefeller Center (NYC) Tree Lighting

  1. Pingback: Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting | Blogs by MadgaleneJewels

  2. Duni Buesken says:

    What beautiful memories of Christmas! I would love to see the lighting of the tree in person one day 🙂

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  3. Natasha says:

    It’s so neat that you’ve seen the event for so many years! I think the reason I love the property we were just visiting in WV so much is that it’s the only place that provides that type of continuity for me. Even though I moved a lot as a young child, that old house is where I always returned every summer and it means so much to me to know that generations of my family have walked the same ground.

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  4. Pamela Baker says:

    As Dorothy says in OZ – “there’s no place like home”! We can move often, but it going back to those childhood memories that always seem to stay with us. Right now with Trump living 2 blocks from Rockefeller Center – all the main roads surround the areas are blocked off – What a mess! But it still is something unbelievable each year to see!


  5. jeweleddesigns says:

    Many years ago a friend and I were there to see the tree and enjoy the holidays in this fabulous city.

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  6. Pamela Baker says:

    Hope you enjoyed your time in the City also, and were able to see Sak’s Christmas Windows.
    Thanks for commenting on my Blog!


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