Thursday, November 29, 2012

Today is...The Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Tree

Yesterday, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit.

A tree has been put up in Rockefeller Center every year since 1933 and is usually a Norway spruce that is 69-100 feet tall.

The star at the top of the tree was created by Michael Hammers in 2004 and is 9.5 feet in diameter and weights 550 pounds.

The tree this year came from Flanders, New Jersey. It is 80 ft. tall.

The skating rink was installed on Christmas Day in 1936.

The lights were turned on officially at 9 pm in the 80th annual celebration.

The celebration included performances by Rod Stewart, CeeLo Green, Scotty McCreery, Il Volo, Victoria Justice, Brooke White, Mariah Carey, Trace Adkins, and Tony Bennett; appearances were also made by Billy Crystal and Bette Miller.

The tree will be up until January 7, 2013, when it will be turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

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