Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

In my entire New Yorker life, I have never once been to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony. That’s a sin, I know. But, in my defense, I hate crowds. I’m super tiny and I tend to get lost whenever there’s a lot of people.

During Fashion’s Night Out I wandered onto the sidewalk thinking my friends were behind me and ended up getting lost for 25 minutes. No one could find me and we weren’t able to call each other because the phones were down due to the crazy amount of people.

I am, however, willing to overlook my fear of crowds because I think it’s time for me to finally see this tree lit up in person. In addition to my excitement over seeing the 74-foot Norway spruce light up in front of my eyes, I’m also pumped to watch performances by Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Cee Lo Green, Katherine McPhee, Carole King and, of course, the Radio City Rockettes. It should definitely be a blast! I’ll keep you posted!

Hours later…

MAJOR FAIL!!! First, I was typing a blog on the train, missed my stop, and ended up on 125th street in Harlem! I had to take the A train back to 50th, which decided not to move for a good 6 minutes. I ended up getting off at 58th Street and 8th Avenue, and speed-walking to 49th and 6th to meet my friends, who couldn’t figure out where the hell I could be.

After searching for each other for a good 10 minutes, getting pushed by about 30 people, I finally spotted my two girlfriends in the endless sea of people. A man almost knocked down my friend Carmela, so I yelled “It’s okay, dude, she’s fine. No need for an apology!” and shook my head. We decided to accept the failed mission right there and head home.

Fun occurrence: We totally saw Dr. Oz and I chased after him like the stalker that I am! I love him!! That moment lit up my night as much as any Christmas tree would!

When I got home, I told my mom (who told me I’d be miserable there because there were so many people) that “The tree was beeeeeautiful.”

She told me they hadn’t lit it yet. Damnit. 

Even though we didn’t get to see the tree lighting in person (I saw it with my mom in my living room like I always do :)) I still had a great and adventurous night. Everyone knows the best part of any night out is the conversation with your best friends to and from the destination, anyway!

5 thoughts on “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

  1. I threw up a little bit in my mouth when you said you were “pumped” to see Justin Bieber perform!!! Bleh!!!

  2. I completely agree with you! I’ve attempted to go a few times and my friends and i always give up and end up eating dinner somwhere small and crowded, but we watch it light up from the little restaurant TV. The obnoxious, loud convo we have is the best part of the night.

    Also, two of my best friends are NYC Rockettes. I was so jealous of them when they got the news! They do a fabulous job and love what they do, but its not all that glamorous when you work 2 months out of the year =/

  3. Mila: (1) Wow, you know Rockettes?! That’s amazing! Yeah, most jobs that seem glamorous usually aren’t when you’re doing them. I thought being a waitress would be fun and make me lots and lots of money in tips because I’m such a people-person (WRONG lol). I’ve heard the same about flight attendants. (2) So true about the tree. I feel like any night out with your friends that’s labeled a “fail” usually ends up being fabulous in other ways like we said.

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