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! 

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