Rockefeller Center carries on tree lighting tradition

Construction workers line up for pay beside the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York in 1931. The Christmas tree went on to become an annual tradition and a New York landmark. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is visible in the background on Fifth Avenue. (AP Photo)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wednesday night is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a Norway Spruce, standing 82 feet tall, 50 feet wide and weighs 14 tons. It is approximately 85-90 years old and was found in Queensbury, New York.

The first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting was in 1931, and the tree was only a 20 foot balsam fir.

You can tune into NBC at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT for behind the scenes coverage of the tree being set up.





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