New York’s Pandemic Holiday Spirit

Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue still shine bright in 2020 with only minor changes


New York City is still filled with its usual holiday cheer despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This holiday season, decorations have gone up and iconic sites are lit for viewing around the city. As 2020 comes to a close, New York has still lived up to somewhat normal holiday season expectations.

At Rockefeller Center, visitors enter a virtual queue where they are notified when it is their turn to enter the tree viewing area. Fifth Avenue is lined with decorated storefronts, giant holiday toys and the magical light show at Saks. Fordham had its own tree lighting ceremony before students left for Thanksgiving.