The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

by NYJ Team

Nothing quite epitomizes Christmas in New York City like the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which stands tall and proud in one of the greatest cities on earth during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year! The tradition of lighting up a Christmas tree outside this famous center began as far back as 1933 during the dark days of the Depression, in a bid to bring some Christmas cheer to weary laborers. Since then, without fail – except for the wartime period – New Yorkers and visitors are awestruck each year by the splendor of this crowd-stopping, truly magnificent creation.

The beauty of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lies both in its size and the fact that it is decorated by thousands of lights threaded through its limbs – making it one of the most majestic sites of the season. Below the tree lies the famous Rockefeller ice rink where skaters can glide their way under the branches of the tree and experience the real magic of Christmas in New York City. Christmas carolers take their place under the tree to sing the beautiful psalms and traditional tunes of the season in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Famous horn-blowing angels customarily occupy the plaza that leads to the tree.

Every year, the official lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is broadcast coast to coast, with a celebrity host and all the pomp and celebration expected from such a happy event. This year’s official tree lighting is planned for November 28th at 7 pm. The tree will stay lit each day from 5.30 am through to 11.30 pm. until approximately January 6th. For a true ‘Christmas in New York’ experience, this is definitely not something that should be missed over the holidays.

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