Rockefeller Tree


Photo credit to Alexa Decandido

The holiday season in New York City is going to be an amazing experience, just like every other year. One of the most popular sites is the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

The tree has been a hotspot in the city for more than 80 years and thousands of tourists from around the world flock to see the beautiful lights and ice skate right under it.

The tree was first put up in 1931 during the Great Depression. A group of construction workers had put up a 20-ft tree on the same site that the now extravagant tree stands.

Two years after the tree was put up, a Rockefeller Center publicist put together the first official lighting ceremony.

This year, the tree is a 76-foot Norway spruce tree and weighs 12 tons. Over 45,000 multi-colored LED lights cover the dazzling tree and a 9-½ foot wide Swarovski star sits on top of the tree.

This massive tree traveled 70 miles from Shelton, Connecticut and arrived in November.

The tree was lit on the Today Show, which aired on NBC.

The Rockefeller Tree is a New York Tradition that people from far and wide come to celebrate.

Photo credit to Alexa Decandido