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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyDec 1, 7pm - 9pm48th Street - 51st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenue
The 2021 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 1 at Rockefeller Plaza. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues through early 2022. On Christmas day, the lights shine for a full 24 hours.

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Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the HudsonDec 4, 4:30 pm - 6 pm125th Street and Marginal Street

Join us for our holiday tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, tree decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last). 

Know Before You Go:

For everyone's safety, we are asking all participants to observe the following guidelines:

  • Please wear a mask if you are unvaccinated, or if it makes you feel more comfortable
  • All individuals should maintain social distancing of six feet during programming, regardless of vaccination status
  • Please wear a mask if social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Wash your hands before attending a program
  • Stay home if you are sick

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.

Outdoor Skills: Primitive Survival SkillsDec 4, 1pm - 2pmVan Cortlandt Nature Center
Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you. If you were dropped into the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back, could you make a fire, build a shelter, or gather clean drinking water? Discover how our ancestors mastered these crucial skills. This program is family-friendly, but recommended for ages 8 years and older.

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