There has been a lot of talk about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree this year. Everything from how ugly it was when it arrived from Upstate New York to the little owl that was found alive in the tree after making the trip from Oneonta, New York. So, here's the latest.

This year's lighting ceremony will not be open to the public like in years past, but it will be broadcast on national TV.

If you want to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree this year you're gonna need a ticket.

The 2020/21 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree viewing guidelines, approved by New York State and New York City, will follow social distancing and capacity control protocols. The guidelines were released on Monday morning.

The ticket will only be good for the time on the ticket and only for a 5-minute viewing window. You can view the lit and decorated tree starting  December 3, 2020, through early January 2020.

Hee are the general guidelines to view the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

  • The Tree will be lit from 6 a.m. to midnight every day.
  • Virtual queuing will be activated to manage lines. Guests can scan a QR code to see wait time and receive an SMS to return to the line.
  • Five-minute tree viewing limit.
  • Masks mandated at all times.
  • Six feet social distancing will be enforced.
  • Guests will be directed to delineated pods, spaced six feet apart, with no more than four people in one pod. Groups of more than four people will be separated into two pods.
  • Center Plaza, where the tree is physically located, will be closed to the public.

Personally, I'll keep my distance and look at the tree lighting from home.

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