Rockefeller Center Christmas tree 2021: Where's it from, when will it be lit?

Heather Clark
Rockland/Westchester Journal News

It's that time of year again: an over 70-foot tall tree will soon make its way to New York City's Rockefeller Center. 

In recent years, the tree has come from New York state, including the Hudson Valley. In 2019, the tree came from Florida in Orange County; the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was from Oneonta.

The 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands at its home in Elkton, Maryland. The tree will be cut on Thursday, Nov. 11, and arrives at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, Nov. 13.

This year's tree, a Norway spruce, comes from Maryland, the first ever tree from the state. It was donated by a family in Elkton. The tree, which is estimated to be about 85 years old, stands 79 feet tall and weighs 12 tons.

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It will be cut down on Nov. 11, loaded onto a truck, and will arrive at Rockefeller Center on Sunday, Nov. 13. The tree will then be prepped and wrapped in 50,000 multi-colored LED lights, which is about 5 miles of wiring, and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. 

Rockefeller Center, seen Nov. 3, 2021,  awaits the arrival of its world-famous Christmas tree.

When's the lighting?  

The 89th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be lit on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The lighting will be broadcast on NBC. 

After the tree is lit on Dec. 1, it will remain lit everyday from 6 a.m. to midnight. On Christmas, Dec. 25, it will stay lit for 24 hours. On New Year's Eve it will be lit from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The tree will be displayed in Rockefeller Plaza until Sunday, Jan. 16. 

More information on the tree lighting and how to visit the tree have yet to be released. 

Go: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York; 212-588-8601;  rockefellercenter.com/holidays/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting.

Heather Clark covers business openings and closings throughout Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.