Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2011

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2011 - 1

After seeing the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular last Friday, my wife and I walked over to Rockefeller Center to take a look at the big Christmas tree.  It’s one of those iconic sights that you have to see to say you had the full Christmas tourist experience in the city.  We’re not tourists, but even still, it’s nice to get out and do the tourist thing.  It helps me appreciate the city more and take advantage of what it has to offer, before I suddenly find myself moving somewhere else.  That’s how it’s always been for me.  I keep putting things off and then before I know it, the opportunity has passed and I’ve moved on.  That’s how I wound up never seeing the Carlsbad Caverns, even though I lived in the area for two years.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree 2011 - 2

Anyway, the tree was looking a little wilted, but we did wait until the it had been up for more than a month to came take a look at it.  Next year, I want to take my wife around to see it when it’s still fresh.  She was very amused to see the ice skating rink just below the tree and had a lot of questions about it.  Maybe one of these days I can teach her how to ice skate, though I’m a bit rusty myself.

Rockefeller Center Skating Rink
Rockefeller Center Skating Rink

The Christmas season is winding down.  In just a few days it’ll be the New Year.  Even worse (and better), classes start again on the 3rd.  It’s just one class, for Winter Session, but it’s 4 hours a day, 4 days a week for three weeks.  It should be interesting.  I just hope we can squeeze in a few more sightseeing stops before we run out of time.  We still have to make it back to the Met!  Hopefully we can do that this Friday, when the museum stays open later than normal.  I’d like to take her to the Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History too, if possible.

Rockefeller Center Christmas 2011 Angel Decoration

8 thoughts on “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2011”

  1. Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying the photos. =)I've never heard about the Bryant Park Fair. Of course, there's a lot in the city that I haven't heard about yet. =D I'm sure I'll get around to most things before I either leave or die.My next class is going to be 3 weeks long, 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. It's on Gandhi. Should be interesting! I've been reading some of the stuff he wrote in a book called “The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas”. It's fascinating stuff.


  2. Thanks! We'll see what happens. I also still have to go to the Bryant Park Fair and I may not make it to the Norwegian one. Ugh.By the way, I came back on to tell you that your pictures are great as per usual!And yep, I hear you on the education bit and the money = fun. Still, it's good that your classes have been fun in some regard too though!


  3. Well, good luck! I think the lights are going to be turned off by then, though. I know what you mean about getting back to the grind. I'm kind of looking forward to it though. The sooner I get done with my education, the sooner I can start making more money, which in turn means more fun.


  4. Unfortunately by the time Christmas rolls around and even before, the tree has to have its branches stuck on because it starts losing them.I always thing it looks better on tv but this year it actually didn't look so bad. I didn't have my camera that evening I went by, and now it's just been so overwhelmingly crowded (and I've work) that I'm always just rushing by. Maybe I'll try to bring my camera in next week to see what I can do. It may not be as crowded. I feel like everyone just gets back into work mode the first week of January. Self-included. And it's depressing.


  5. Troy, I snagged this from Center Christmas Tree Dates: 2011:Tree Goes Up: November 11, 2011Tree is Illuminated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011Tree Comes Down: January 7, 2012Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Hours:The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is typically illuminated from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. daily, except on Christmas and New Year's Eve. On Christmas, the tree is illuminated for 24 hours and on New Year's Eve the lights are turned off at 9:00 p.m.


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