New York Christmas Symbol: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Has Been Lit For The 84th Time

Nothing marks the beginning of the magical holiday season in New York City like the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

The tradition began in 1931 and it last until today, making it worldwide known as the symbol of Christmas in New York.

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The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. Tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony broadcast live across the globe.

We’re getting close now—the #RockCenterXMAS Tree lighting celebration is just 2 days away! 📷: @dr.anki_dds

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Rockefeller Center announced that a Norway spruce that sits in a yard in Oneonta, a small city southwest of Albany, is at 94 feet high the second tallest ever erected at Rockefeller Center, and at 56 feet wide and over 30,000 pounds, is the heaviest, according to construction crews

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You know the holidays are officially here when the #RockefellerCenterTree has lights!!

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The tree will stay up until 9pm on January 7, 2017 and will be illuminated from 5:30 am to midnight, all day (24 hours) on Christmas Day and 5:30 am – 9 pm on New Year’s Eve