December 4, 2020 New York City
By Staff Writer
Well it certainly doesn’t feel like Christmas in New York City as the song might suggest otherwise. It is a nearly deserted city, with many stores on Madison Avenues and Fifth Avenues doing their best to light up and cheer the passersby with colorful decorations and winter scenes.
As for the Rockefeller Center tree, this year marks the 88th year of this iconic holiday tradition and comes with approximately 5 miles of LED lights illuminated when the sun sets.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is an 11-ton Norway spruce, which reaches 75 feet tall and is 45 feet wide coming from Oneonta, NY.
Completely different scenes from a year ago when tens of thousands gathered for the lighting ceremony to just a few hundred who watched form the ice rink’s plaza area.
On Wednesday, the NYPD started to rope off the area around 3 PM with no more than 20 people watching from both sides of the blocked off plaza.
Here how it works for visitors who want to get a little closer to see the tree this holiday season.
Groups of no more than four can enter the tree viewing area from Fifth or Sixth Avenues at 49th and 50th Streets and must follow social distancing markers and traffic patterns to the tree viewing area, which will be located on the streets. Once inside the viewing area, guests will have five minutes to enjoy the tree and snap pictures before moving on. If the group is larger than four people, it will be divided into two or more smaller groups.
If there are a lot of people that show up at once, everyone will be asked to record QR code at the entrance points to join a virtual line and wait for their time slot – like a museum timed ticket.