Christmas is rapidly approaching and there will be no greater sign that Christmas is around the corner than this Friday (November 6th) in New York when the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is erected in the heart of Rockefeller Center overlooking the Ice Rink and Rockefeller Plaza.
The 2015 Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be held on Wedneday December 2nd and lasts from 7pm – 9pm
The 2015 Christmas Tree will be cut down on Wednesday in Ulster County, approx. 175km to the North of New York City and carefully loaded on to a trailer for the journey down to the Big Apple where it will be raised into place on Friday. The 78-foot (almost 24 meters) high Norway Spruce will wow locals and visitors alike throughout the holiday and festive season and remain up until early January when it will be taken down again. It will be no easy task lifting the Tree into place as it is expected to weigh in at approx. 10 tonnes.
The Tree will be up from early November it won’t be lit until Wednesday, December 2nd in a star studded evening usually hosted by the NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer and other NBC News personalities. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony lasts from 7pm – 9pm with tens of thousands of locals and tourists braving the cold December weather to watch performances from the Radio City Rockettes and other celebrities to officially start the Christmas season in New York. The performance is also broadcast on NBC to millions around America and has become some what of a Holiday tradition for many families.
Once the tree comes down in early January it will be sent to a local mill where it will be cut into timber and donated to Habitat for Humanity where it will be used towards building homes for those less fortunate.
Fun Facts about the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
- The star that sits atop the tree is made of 25,000 crystals, 720 LED bulbs, 44 circuit boards, and 3,000 feet of wire. The crowning jewel is estimated to be worth $1.5 million
- To find the perfect tree each year a comprehensive search is undertaken by helicopter to find the best of the season.
- Since 2007, the spruce has been lit with 30,000 energy-efficient LEDs, which are powered by solar panels.