Every Christmas and Holiday season the city comes to life in a way it doesn’t all year. Lights, decorations, markets and more can be found no matter what neighborhood you visit during this time of year. One of the many staples to kick off the festive season is the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center is located in Midtown and is easy to get to from The Sagamore! Here is what you can do if you are looking to attend the tree lighting this year!
Time: The Lighting will take place starting at 7pm on November 29th. If you can’t ,make it for the grand opening ceremony, the tree will remain up until January 7th.
Location: Right in the middle of Rockefeller center is where all the action happens! Between Fifth and Sixth Avenue on 49th Street. Sagamore residents can transfer to the B or D train at Columbus Circle.
The Tree: This year’s chosen tree stands at over 75 feet tall. Coming all the way from Pennsylvania, the Norway Spruce will be decked out in lights and decorations. Over 45,000 LED lights and 25,000 crystals will make this year’s tree shine in the heart of NYC for the holiday season.
Performances: The Ceremony kicks off with several performances. Auli’i Cravalho the star of Disney’s Moana will be singing on the Rooftop and there will be additional musical performances by Gwen Stefani, Train and acpella performances. You can catch Hamilton’s Odom Jr. on the rooftop of the Plaza for a special performance as well as Henry Connick Jr.
The ceremony is open to the public and anyone can attend. If you plan on making the trip from the Upper West Side make sure to arrive early so you can get a close look at the tree! If you plan on waiting from The Sagamore you can tune into NBC for the live broadcast.
Rockefeller Tree Lighting
45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111
Whether you hosted Thanksgiving dinner at your Sagamore apartment or got thrown bag full of Tupperware filled with turkey, Thanksgiving dinner leftovers can be both a blessing and a curse. If you have enough food for days and don’t want to rely on repeating Thanksgiving dinner over and over, here are some recipes you can whip up with all that leftover food!
Next-Day Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Polpetti: This recipe from the Food Network will use the bulk of all your Thanksgiving leftovers! Add in all that holiday turkey and combine with chicken broth, leftover carrots, onion, garlic, 3 cups of leftover veggies of your choice and Mashed Potato Polpetti. The soup will take a bout 3 hours between the prep and stove cooking time.
Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms: Adding a twist to traditional stuffed mushrooms, you can use up your Thanksgiving leftovers while still creating a delicious and savory new meal! It’s easy to make with the recipe calling for combining leftover stuffing with parmesan cheese, oil parsley and garlic. Mix all and stuff in each mushroom and follow with baking in the oven for about 30 minutes!
Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili: This Thanksgiving leftover recipe will use up all that leftover turkey as well as many ingredients you may have in your kitchen from holiday cooking! Combining spices such as cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, and garlic, combine those with pumpkin puree and turkey for a cozy night in soup. You can see the step-by-step instructions on Country Living’s website.
Sweet Potato Cranberry Donuts: This tasty treat is the perfect dessert combing your holiday leftovers while making something new! Take leftover sweet potatoes and cranberries along with the other ingredients this recipe from Taste of Home calls for. Step by step instructions for how to get these perfect flaky and doughy donuts can be found on their website.