After a journey of over 200 miles, the famous Christmas tree that is displayed in Rockefeller Center was finally able to arrive in New York City on Saturday, marking the beginning of the holiday season in the city of New York.
On Saturday afternoon in Rockefeller Plaza, there were roughly 100 people there to watch a Norway spruce that was 82 feet tall be lifted into position. The tree is estimated to be around 90 years old and was found in Queensbury, New York.
The Christmas tree that was used this year was provided by the Lebowitz family, and Neil Lebowitz told the New York Post that his family did it “with the expectation that everybody would enjoy it.”
Lebowitz remarked, “For me, it was just a nice tree, Now it’s a special tree. Everybody around the world can enjoy it.” It is said that the lower branches of the tree reach for a diameter of fifty feet.
How It Will Be Decorated?
After all of the ornaments have been added, the Christmas tree will be adorned with 50,000 lights in a variety of colours and a Swarovski star that is coated in three million crystals.
About 900 pounds in weight, the three-dimensional Swarovski star was conceived by architect Daniel Libeskind in 2018 and contains 70 spikes that are covered in 3 million crystals. The diameter of the star measures 9 feet and 4 inches.
According to the Associated Press, after Christmas the tree will be turned into timber and donated to Habitat for Humanity. The lumber will be used in the construction of new homes.
The magnificent Rockefeller Christmas Tree is a must-see for both New Yorkers and tourists who are in the city during the holiday season. It doesn’t matter if you’re stopping by before going ice skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center or if you’re just passing through on your way to Times Square; you can’t miss this iconic holiday symbol of the city.
When to See the Rockefeller Christmas Tree?
Beginning on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center will be illuminated each day from six in the morning until twelve in the night. On Christmas Day, the tree is illuminated for the full duration of the day, and on New Year’s Eve, it is lit from six in the morning until nine in the evening.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree may be found on Rockefeller Center Plaza, which is situated on 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
The lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center is without a doubt one of the most exciting events that take place in New York City during the month of November, but there are also a tonne of other festive activities to do around and around the monument.
Why Rockefeller Christmas Tree is Displayed Every Year?
The United States and much of the rest of the world were suffering the consequences of the Great Depression by December 1931. After the 1929 stock market crash, when money was very tight, a group of New York City construction workers decided to pool their resources and make a large purchase.
What we had wasn’t a meal. You couldn’t wear it as clothing. This wasn’t a source of energy.
Instead, a Christmas tree was purchased for the construction site of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. In spite of the bleak economic climate, the 20-foot-tall (6-meter) balsam fir decorated with homemade garlands from the families of the workers represented hope and optimism.
The employees didn’t know it at the time, but their Christmas tree would become the catalyst for an entirely new practise. Every year since 1933, a publicist for Rockefeller Center between West 48th and West 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues has organised a tree-lighting event.
Ever since it began in 1951, NBC has shown the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting to the entire country. Free and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, the event takes place in the week following Thanksgiving. Annually, the tree draws in millions of people between Thanksgiving and the first week of January.
The tree, normally a Norwegian spruce, stands 60-100 feet (18-30 metres) tall and is decked up in eight kilometres of multicoloured LED lights and ornaments, with a star made of 3 million Swarovski crystals serving as the cherry on top as of 2018.