The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting will take place tonight at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, beginning at 7PM.

The Rockefeller Center announced that this year’s Christmas tree is from Elkton, Maryland.

For more than eight decades, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. While the lights, decorations, and stars have changed through the years, visiting the Tree remains a quintessential New York experience.

A photo of the tree in Elkton, can be seen below (courtesy of the Rockefeller Center):

Visiting Hours

The tree will be lit daily from 6am-12am. On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve it is lit from 6am to 9pm.

Broadcast Info

NBC Wednesday, December 1

Contact & Directions

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112



Feature Photo courtesy of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.

2020 has certainly been a difficult year for everyone, however it has been especially trying for essential workers including emergency responders. While fire departments faced numerous new challenges associated with the COVID pandemic, many departments also maintained their holiday traditions.

Every Holiday Season, many Fire Departments participate in events such as Santa Runs and Menorah Parades, bringing responders and holiday festivities throughout the communities where the same responders are usually responding to emergencies. While events like these are certainly fun for kids as well as some older residents, they also can be an enjoyable and uplifting time for the participating Fire Departments. Such was definitely the case in 2020.

Glen Echo Fire Department Chief William “Bill” Dunn posted a message on the GEFD’s Facebook page expressing his gratitude, writing, “People waving from inside their homes and flickering their porch lights; many folks cheering and clapping from their driveways; people shouting ‘Happy Holidays!’ and ‘Thank You!’ from their lawns; the pure happiness that everyone showed us last night brought tears to my eyes several times. All of you…lifted our spirits in ways that you can’t imagine…brought smiles and joy to many of us that needed a little cheer and comfort.”

In a Christmas Day letter, Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Vagonis echoed Chief Dunn’s sentiments, while talking about the Rockville VFD’s Santa Runs and annual Menorah Parade. Chief Vagonis wrote to the Rockville community, saying, “What you may not realize is how much you helped the mental status of our first responders, including myself. By seeing each of you smiling and enjoying the parade through the streets…has renewed our faith in humanity during these very trying and challenging months. You have made us stronger and more whole, so we can continue the [COVID] fight for as long as it takes.”

While emotional and mental support are certainly crucial for emergency responders and other essential workers, financial support is also vital for Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, and other nonprofit organizations. Holiday Season traditions such as Fire Department Christmas Tree sales serve as fundraisers for the Departments’ apparatus and other expenses. In Montgomery County this year, the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department purchased and debuted a brand new fire engine paid for by community donations. Additionally, the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department purchased and received their brand new Heavy Rescue Squad also paid for by their donors. This year alone, the Bethesda–Chevy Chase and Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squads also received new ambulances funded by donations. These four new emergency vehicles are just a small portion of Fire Department expenses, which have only increased this year with COVID-associated costs.

Fire Departments are not only on the receiving end of Holiday Season donations, however. Every year, all Montgomery County Fire Stations collect toys for the United States Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” program. The Cabin John Park VFD also annually collects toys for the National Center For Children and Families as well as the Scotland Drive Community Association. This year, for their two local collections alone, the Cabin John Park VFD collected then donated 660 gifts.

Santa Claus is Still Coming to Moco Malls


Santa Claus will be visiting Westfield Montgomery and Westfield Wheaton this year from 11/27-12/24. Safety is the number one priority so reservations are required and there are strict COVID-19 protocols.


–Visitors must make an appointment to see him this year, so no crowds/lines form. They do this online, here:


–Santa and his elves will be socially distancing—and observing all appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions—so there’s no touching and the 6-foot distance is maintained.


–Masks are required on everyone, even kids. And the photo is taken with masks on.


–Kids and adults will not sit on Santa’s lap this year, but on a comfy bench directly in front of Santa’s chair (the bench is HUGE).


Pictures Below:

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