The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Christmas season in New York was kicked off with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on November 28th. The event attracts thousands of people every year and is broadcast live by NBC.

This year’s tree is a 22 meter high spruce. The top is decorated with a 70-pointed star covered with more than 3 million Swarovski crystals.

 

 

The tradition dates back more than 80 years. Workers at the Rockefeller Center site erected the first tree in December 1931, and decorated it with garlands handmade by their families.

To see a gallery dedicated to the history of the tree, please click here.

The tree will be lit every evening until the 7th of January, when it will be taken down and donated to Habitat for Humanity, an NGO that uses wood to build homes for the homeless.

(Images: Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Commons)

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