#231: See the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

LOCATION: Rockefeller Center. New York City, NY

This is part of my NYC Christmas Trip series.

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Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to go to NYC and see the Christmas displays and tree. Something about the place just screamed Christmas like no other place. NYC really knew how to deliver on the Christmas spirit as well. There were Christmas window displays along 5th avenue that were amazing as well as gigantic Christmas decorations set up along the city. It definitely can put anyone in the seasonal spirit.

The tree was the main focus of it all. It was enormous. I didn’t even know pine trees could get this big. The tree is scouted from a number of locations until the perfect one is found. Once it makes its way to NYC, it is attached and strung with 30,000 lights and a 9.5ft Swarovski crystal star on top that weighs 550lbs. This year, the tree was a 74ft, 75 year old Norway Spruce from Mifflintown, Pennsylvania and it was an amazing sight.

After the New Year, the tree is taken down and turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity. I did not know that before, but found that really interesting and a great story to share. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

* Thank you Troy for accompanying me on this adventure, being the biggest supporter in what I do and always being there to take the pictures for me.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Yes! NYC during Christmas time is really magical and completely different than any other time I’ve been.

HOW TO DO THIS: The tree is usually lit the week after Thanksgiving and is up until a few days after new years. It is located in the center of the complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues in Rockefeller Center.


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