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The Rockefeller Tree Lighting

The Rockefeller Christmas tree is an American tradition and a must see for Christmas decoration thrill-seekers and the tree lighting has become an internationally recognized event singling the beginning of season in which we celebrate light, love, and giving.

As has been the tradition since 1931, enthusiasts submit entries from which the Rockefeller Christmas tree is chosen. The winner is usually an older Norway Spruce that’s at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter. Some 34 trees have come from New York state.

Angie and Graig Eichler of Oneonta, New York, donated this year’s tree. The tree is a Norway Spruce which weighs about 14 tons, is 94 feet tall and came right from the Elchler’s back yard. This impressive specimen will be the 84th Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Each of these massive trees has required a construction crew and cranes to erect and must be decorated via cherry picker.

Though this year things went a little differently, The Elchler’s didn’t apply to donate it. Instead, Erik Pauze, Rockefeller Center’s head gardener, knocked on their front door last spring while traveling upstate looking for the perfect 2016 tree.

While the lighting ceremony happened on Wednesday, November 30th the Rockefeller Christmas Tree will be on display through January, 7th 2017. For the 10th year in a row the retired tree will be turned into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.