50th Annual Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center 2023
Carols Under the Tree Celebration
Sunday, December 10, 2023
3:30 to 4:15 pm
Free and open to the public
Rockefeller Plaza Between 49th & 50th Streets and 5th & 6th Avenues
We were at last year’s Tuba Concert and what a treat! Twas a beautiful, and only mildly chilly, afternoon with the sun shining overhead. Different from past years is how the performers were all set up above the rink in lieu of the usual location on the rink itself. Onlookers were able to take in the performances from the 50th street side of the plaza. We’re definitely looking forward to this year’s show!
On this page we’ve included some of the photos and vids which you’ll also find on our posting from a year ago. Enjoy.
Nearly 400 tenor and bass tuba players will lead a holiday sing-along at the 49th annual Tuba Christmas underneath the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, located behind 30 Rockefeller Plaza, on Sunday December 10th from 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM. Tubists of all ages will assemble under the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and fill the plaza with holiday classics.
The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be led by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the New Jersey Wind Symphony and former conductor of the famous Goldman Memorial Band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, and conducted by Paul LaValle of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition takes place in over 200 cities around the world. Tuba Christmas is a registered property of the Harvey Phillips Foundation.