The lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center is a global acknowledge of the holiday season. Not just recognized in New York, but the world over, the ceremonial lighting of the tree has been a Christmas tradition since 1933. Originally started in 1931 when depression error workers decorated a 20-foot balsam fir tree with strings of cranberries and tin cans during the construction of the legendary Rockefeller Center it was not made an official tradition until 1933. Today the tree is trimmed with 45,000 multicolored LED lights and topped by the 550-pound Swarovski Star, it is one of the most expensive and elaborate holiday decorations in the world.
Typically a Norway spruce measuring between 70-100 feet tall the trees are scouted and then craned into NYC late November and they remain up until early January. This year the tree lighting will take place on December 2nd and the tree will remain up until January 6th. The only thing to rival the process of bringing the tree in is the ceremony and festivities surrounding the actual lighting of the magnificent spruce. Televised and broadcasted nationwide, the entire U.S. can witness the lighting of the tree accompanied by stage shows and musical performances executed by some of the entertainment industries finest. It is truly a sight to behold.
An amazing and grand display, the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center is one of the great American traditions. Witnessed by the entire nation and celebrated the world over it is a symbol that has lasted nearly a century, and it is a tradition unlike any other in the world!
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