New York City during the holidays is a gorgeous, romantic and glorious place to be. The city that never sleeps kicks into even higher gear come Thanksgiving, and being here over Christmas is positively magical. One of the most famous Christmas sites in New York is that of Rockefeller Center, where the large Christmas tree is a favorite holiday destination for both locals and tourists alike. The first Rockefeller Christmas tree was put up way back in 1931 by the construction workers who were in process of building the complex. The first official tree-lighting ceremony took place in 1933, and the rest is history. These days, the tree is the most famous Christmas evergreen in the United States. Each year, the manager of Rockefeller searches near and far for the perfect tree. With over 30,000 lights to be hung, the chosen tree is usually between 75 and 100 feet tall, towering above pedestrians and spreading Christmas cheer to all those who come to see it.
The tree has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season in New York. It’s lit during an official tree lighting ceremony shortly after Thanksgiving every year and generally stays lit through the beginning of January. However, the tree is really just the centerpiece of the action. Rockefeller Center is also decorated with herald angels, the wire-sculpted angel pictures that have decorated the landmark since 1954. Of course, you’ll also find a plethora of lights and the picturesque scene of the ice skaters just below the tree.
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