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Pictures of Rockefeller Center New York City at Christmastime

Updated on December 10, 2017
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Late Day

The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree Lit Up With Lights
The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree Lit Up With Lights | Source

The Origin of the Christmas Tree Tradition at Rockefeller Center

New York City is a magical place during the holiday season that is a treasure to witness. The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and holiday window displays in stores along Fifth Avenue provide a festive and colorful atmosphere to the city. The tradition of lighting a Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center dates back to 1933 when 30 Rockefeller Plaza officially opened for business. The tradition has its origins during the construction of Rockefeller Center, as workers decorated a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve in 1931 to brighten up their work area.

Pictures of New York City at Christmastime

The following is a sampling of pictures taken in New York City at Christmastime, including the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center both during the daytime and at night, and some window displays taken from store windows along Fifth Avenue. .

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Sun Touching The Top

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree With The Sun Hitting The Top
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree With The Sun Hitting The Top | Source

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree With Sculpture

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree With Sculpture Below It
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree With Sculpture Below It | Source

Rockefeller Christmas Tree at Night With Soldier

Rockefeller Christmas Tree at Night With Soldier In Foreground
Rockefeller Christmas Tree at Night With Soldier In Foreground | Source

Rockefeller Christmas Tree at Night Close Up

Rockefeller Christmas Tree at Night Close Up
Rockefeller Christmas Tree at Night Close Up | Source

5th Avenue Widow Display

5th Avenue Widow Display
5th Avenue Widow Display | Source

5th Avenue Widow Display

5th Avenue Widow Display
5th Avenue Widow Display | Source

5th Avenue Window Display

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5th Avenue Widow Display

5th Avenue Widow Display
5th Avenue Widow Display | Source

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Christmas Tree Poll

Would You Travel To New York To See The Rockefeller Christmas Tree?

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Share Your Experiences During The Holiday Season In New York City

If you have any experiences that you cherish during the magical time in New York City, during the holiday season, feel free to share them in the comments section below. Particularly experiences in and around Rockefeller Center in New York City.


© 2013 John Coviello

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      John Coviello 5 days ago from New Jersey

      Thanks everyone! Glad you like my display of Rockefeller Center at Christmastime in New York City.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Awesome photos! I loved that you can see the reflection of NYC buildings in the window display photos. The city is so amazing this time of year!

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      One of the places I really love to visit when I spend Christmas in New York. I feel like a child each time I go there.

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      Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 3 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

      Volunteering my time for a wonderful organization called RECORDING FOR THE BLIND & DYSLEXIC a few years back, I attended their Holiday party. At this event a volunteer suggested that I walk a few blocks uptown to Rockefeller Plaza and see the Christmas tree. Following this advice, I was star stuck by what I saw. The tree was illuminated with colorful lights and many seasonal statues were sparkled.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I only wish I could have been there to see the lighting of the trees. Your video was awesome! Thanks for the photo tour of NYC's beautiful Christmas decorations.

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      Michelle Cesare 4 years ago from New York

      Last year was the first time in years that I skipped going to the city to enjoy walking around to get the Christmas spirit. I look forward to going in a couple of weeks. Going to walk around all day with friends.