Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting is the unofficial signal of the start of the holiday season in New York City. This year’s tree, a 12 ton 76-foot Norway spruce from Shelton, Connecticut, will be adorned with over 40,000 multi-colored LED lights and a 9½ feet Swarovski-crystal star estimated to be worth $1.5 million. The tree will drink about 90 gallons of water a day – and you thought taking care of your houseplant was rough! After the holidays the tree will be milled into lumber that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Our advice? Skip the crowd. You can see the tree, and snap the perfect Instagram, through January 7th.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
December 4, 7pm-9pm