Struggling to get into the Christmas spirit this year? It’s been rather warm in New York City so far this season and the sentiment seems to be that it’s more difficult to “get in the mood” for the impending holidays while it’s 65 degrees outside. Well, no matter what the weather is outside tonight, one thing is for certain, if you are feeling low on the holiday glow, head down to Rockefeller Center this evening and you will find it almost impossible to not hum Christmas carols on your way home. Tonight, thousands of people will crowd together in Rockefeller Center, (and tune in all over the world) to watch one of the greatest New York City Christmas spectacles of the season, the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is a really wonderful night in the city every year. It’s such a great show, with performances by famous singers, dancers, ice skaters, the Radio City Rockettes, you name it they have it and of course the star of the show, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree. I have gone many times in the past, often dragging friends or coworkers with me to stand in the crowd after work for 4 hours, waiting for the big moment when they would light the tree. It’s a great time but, like many events in New York, this is one that in order to be able to really see the show or the lighting of the tree for that matter, you have to go early, really early. In fact as I was taking pictures this morning of the production set up there were at least thirty people already out there, with their blankets and coffee mugs, ready to camp out all day to insure a good viewing spot for the show later.