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New Yorkers Beware Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Closes Down Midtown Wednesday Night

New Yorkers Beware Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Closes Down Midtown Wednesday Night

Rockefeller Center lights up the 75-foot Norwegian spruce that becomes the Rockefeller Christmas tree Wednesday, November 29th.

Thousands flock to Midtown Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the tree-lighting. Wednesday night’s ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at 30 Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The event, including live musical performances, is expected to run until 9 p.m.

Performers at this year’s event include Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors.

After being lit for the first time Wednesday, the tree will remain on display in Rockefeller Center through Jan. 7. The tree then ends it’s life being donated to Habitat for Humanity to be made into lumber to help build homes for those in need.

The tree-lighting ceremony will broadcast live on NBC. Anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the broadcast, which starts at 8 p.m. eastern time.

For New Yorkers this means traffic jams galore. The closest subway to the plaza is the 47-50th Street Rockefeller Center station on the B, D, F and M lines.

Here’s a full list of street closures near Rockefeller Center, provided by the NYPD:

  • 5th Avenue between 46th Street and 52nd Street
  • 6th Avenue between 46th Street and 52nd Street
  • 46th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 47th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 48th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 49th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 50th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 51st Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 52nd Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • Rockefeller Plaza between 48th Street and 51st Street

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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