New York – The Christmas season is coming to an end in New York City and New Yorkers and visitors alike have until Saturday, January 14, to see the world’s most famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree due to the fact that at 10 p.m. At :00 the tree will be cordoned off and the removal process will begin.
An 82-foot-tall, 50-foot-wide, 14-ton Norwegian Christmas tree from Queensbury, New York, believed to be between 85 and 90 years old, was burned on November 30. Season to kick off Christmas 2022. Now, a little over a month later, he’ll say goodbye to the Big Apple. It was donated by the Leibovitz family of Glen Falls and traveled approximately 200 miles to reach its destination on 12 November.
More than 50,000 LED lights illuminated the tree that was crowned with a Swarovski crystal star and the magic began that day at Rockefeller Center Plaza and for all who attended to enjoy a unique and festive ceremony from their homes. Each of them started getting overwhelmed with good wishes.
“May my grandparents be in very good health and may my entire family be protected,” said Esteban de la Cruz, who was at the scene.
The three-dimensional Swarovski star, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in 2018, weighs about 900 pounds and has 70 points covered with 3 million crystals. The diameter of the star is 9 feet 4 inches.
The event was filled with musical performances of Christmas classics featuring the voices of Gwen Stefani, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Allen, Matteo Bocelli and Virginia Bocelli, David Foster and Kathryn McPhee, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, The Muppets Was. Sesame Street, Dan + Shay, The Shindells, Louis York and more.
Now, the tree will be cut down and turned into lumber to donate to Habitat for Humanity.
What is the story of tree lighting?
For more than eight decades, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has stood as a Christmas beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. While the lights, decorations, and stars have changed over the years, visiting the tree remains a quintessential New York experience.
- December 1931: Rockefeller Center employees pooled their money to buy a Christmas tree. Men decorated the 20-foot-tall balsam fir with garlands handcrafted by their families.
- December 1933: Rockefeller Center decided to make the Christmas tree an annual tradition and held the first tree lighting ceremony.
- December 1936: Two trees were planted in Rockefeller Center, and a skating competition was held at the newly opened ice skating rink in the Plaza.
- December 1942: World War II ushered in an era of simple, patriotic designs, including unadorned red, white, and blue balloons and painted wooden stars. In 1942, none of the materials needed for the war effort were used to decorate Rockefeller Center, and three more modest trees were planted instead of the one large tree. From 1942 until the end of the war, the tree was not lit each year due to blackout regulations.
- November 1951: Santa and friends watch as the tree grows.
- December 1955: In the 1950s, workers began using scaffolding to help decorate the trees. Before the decade was out, the process required 20 men and a duration of nine days.
- December 1969: Sculptor Valérie Clairbaut’s towering and triumphant wire angel figure marked his Chanel Garden debut. He made 12 sculptures using 75 metal wire tips. Clairbout died in 1982 at the age of 74, but his legacy lives on in his illustrious gift to New York City.
- November 1997: The tree traveled up the Hudson River by barge from its home in Stony Point, New York.
- November 1998: A tree from Richfield, Ohio was flown to New York City on the Anatov An-124 Ruslan, the world’s largest transport aircraft.
- December 1999: Christmas 1999 hosted the largest tree in the history of Rockefeller Center. Coming from Killingworth, Connecticut, the tree was 100 feet tall.
- December 2001: After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the tree was decorated in patriotic red, white, and blue. People from all over the world came to the plaza to see the tree.
- December 2004: The first 550-pound Swarovski star graced the top of the tree in 2004. It contained 25,000 crystals and 1 million facets and was 9.5 feet in diameter. The following year, the addition of LED lights showed the star radiating light from the center to the tips.
- December 2018: A new Swarovski star, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, graces the 72-foot-tall Christmas tree. The 9-foot-4-inch, LED-backlit topper features 3 million dazzling Swarovski crystals in 70 triangular prongs.
Where can I find more information?
For more information about the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, you can go here.