Today's Reason to Celebrate

December 04, 2024 is

Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

Today is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting! This evening, crowds of people will gather at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to witness this holiday event and officially welcome the Christmas season. Invite friends and family over for a last-minute gathering to tune in and watch the tree lighting ceremony with this free online invitation you can deliver instantly by text!

The Rockefeller Tree has been a spectacle in New York City since 1931. The tradition began when workers at Rockefeller Center decorated a humble balsam fir with garlands and strings of cranberries. That first tree was just 20 feet tall. Today, the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree towers 69 to 100 feet tall depending on the year and boasts over 50,000 Christmas lights! The first television broadcast of the tree lighting aired in 1951, and has been a holiday tradition ever since.

Tune into NBC’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ special at 8pm-10pm ET tonight to view the annual tree lighting!

  • December 04, 2024 is also National Cookie Day | National Dice Day
  • December is National Egg Nog Month | National Fruit Cake Month
  • This week is National Cookie Cutter Week