New York City: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Swarovski Star

Swarovski Star

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Statue of Prometheus

Statue of Prometheus

Procession of Angels with Trumpets

Procession of Angels with Trumpets

Ice Skating Rink at Base of Tree

Ice Skating Rink at Base of Tree

Giant Ornaments in Fountain on 6th Avenue

Giant Ornaments in Fountain on 6th Avenue

Giant Strands of Lights

Giant Strands of Lights

Above Entrance to Rockefeller Center Building

Above Entrance to Rockefeller Center Building

View of Central Park from "Top of the Rock"

View of Central Park from “Top of the Rock”

The lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree kicks off the holiday season in New York City. A procession of horn-blowing angels leads up to a perfect view of this year’s 78-foot-tall, 10-ton Norway Spruce. The tree overlooks a gold statue of Prometheus and the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. The tree is traditionally lit on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving. It is decorated with 30,000 lights strung over 5 miles of wiring. It is topped by a 9.5-foot Swarovski crystal star that contains 25,000 crystals sparkling with one million facets. The tree is taken down after the New Year, and the wood is recycled into lumber for homes built by Habitat for Humanity. What a spectacular Christmas tree and holiday decorations! 

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to New York City: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

  1. reocochran says:

    I have spent one Christmas in New York City with my family as a child and it was an amazing place to see while young. The photos are wonderful and I appreciate your sharing them with us. Hope your Christmas has some pleasant surprises! 🙂

  2. aliceschmidt says:

    Pam, Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos! The City looks the same as when I was there in 1998. Great great memories.

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