Tonight (Wednesday, Nov 29) marks the 91st annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Between the official lighting and when the tree comes down in January, millions upon millions will venture to NYC to marvel at the iconic holiday landmark. And those who plan to travel to Rockefeller Center for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony might want to bundle up – the weather outside is frightful!
The Weather Forecast for the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The weather forecast for NYC ahead of the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting is cold and breezy, with temperatures in the mid to low-30s. With the wind and lack of sunlight, however, the RealFeel will be in the 20s. Tuesday was the coldest day of the season thus far, and the coldest day since February 28.
Who Will Host This Year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony?
This year’s tree lighting ceremony will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson, who recently moved her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, to NYC. The show currently films at a Rockefeller Center studio.
In a statement released earlier this week, Clarkson expressed her excitement ahead of the 2023 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. “I’m so excited to consider this city and Rockefeller Center my new home,” she gushed. “And I can’t imagine a better way to kick off Christmas this year than to be a part of this beautiful New York tradition with the lighting of the tree.”
NBC’s TODAY hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Craig Melvin will support Kelly Clarkson in her hosting role.
How to Watch the 2023 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The ceremony begins at 7 PM ET at Rockefeller Center, located between 49th and 50th Streets in Manhattan. An estimated 125 million will visit the colossal Christmas tree between tonight and when the tree is taken down in January.
NBC and Peacock will broadcast the event beginning at 8 PM ET. The event concludes at 10 PM ET, minutes after this year’s stunning Rockefeller Christmas tree lights up the night.
All About This Year’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree
Following the lighting ceremony, the Rockefeller tree will remain lit daily from 5 AM to midnight. On Christmas Day, the tree will remain lit for 24 hours. On New Year’s Eve, it will glow from 5 AM to 9 PM ET.
After the holidays, the tree will come down on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at 10 PM ET.
This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is estimated to be between 80 and 85 years old. It towers over visitors at 80 feet tall and 43 feet wide. Since it was delivered on November 11, the 12-ton tree has been decorated with over 50,000 LEDs. That’s approximately 5 miles of string lights!
To top off the jaw-dropping decorations, this year’s Rockefeller tree is capped with the 900-pound Swarovski crystal star designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in 2018.
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