By Jane Lasky
What an amazing sight to see when the holiday season’s Rockefeller Center centerpiece, a gigantic Christmas tree, finally flashes on. And what a dismal traffic problem during evening rush hour and beyond that affects this annual holiday event in midtown Manhattan.
The solution: Put something comfortable on your feet because those boots will be made for walking.
Don’t expect to find a cab and skip the bus for the subway for this 77th ceremony when the giant Norway spruce (measuring 76 feet tall), comes to life at 7 p.m. sharp (traditionally, serious oglers start arriving in the early afternoon to claim a good viewing spot). The underground will get you as close as possible to this New York City landmark where, when you emerge, you can expect a wildly huge crowd among which to muddle. (Convenient subways stops are either the B/D/F/V to 47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Center or the 6 to 51st/Lexington).
This year, Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) and Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) hold the honor of flipping the switch to light the tree that casts a wonderful hue on the magical off-Fifth Avenue arena. This giant and very fancy pit features the decorated fir as well as the world renowned ice-skating rink.
Gliding around the Rockefeller rink is one of the joys of Christmas no visitor to the Big Apple should leave without trying. And don’t worry if you don’t take to the ice like Kristi Yamaguchi: Beginners as well as pros are welcomed to skate their stuff on this precious slice of ice.
Yes, 30 Rock rocks and so does the rest of celebrated Rockefeller Center, especially during the holiday season.
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