The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center was installed, decorated, and lit during a “quiet” ceremony in compliance with all the rules of safety in the pandemic.
The 75-foot-high Norwegian Christmas tree, purchased in Onehonta, New York, is mounted on a platform at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held on December 2 in a limited time and socially remote location due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
What is usually a noisy, crowded tourist center during the winter season remains empty and closed this year. And although the festive lights were lit according to an old, unchangeable tradition, the holiday itself was different this year – the show was filmed without an audience, with a limited number of participants, and was shown live. The program was attended by Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton and Jimmy Fallon.
The area where the tree is physically located will be closed to the public, but in the central quarters of Manhattan on both sides of the site will work special areas for viewing. Visitors will be able to join the virtual line and receive text messages when it is their turn. They will be directed to points that can accommodate up to four people. Viewing of the tree will be limited to five minutes.