Now that Halloween has come and gone, we can finally start thinking about Christmas! Each year, New Yorkers are blessed with the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree, but why is it so damn special? These five facts will tell you everything you need to know!
1. Pop culture made this tree FAMOUS!
You can thank movies and shows like Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and 30 Rock for making the Rockefeller Christmas Tree so well known. After exploring the city of Manhattan all alone, Kevin McCallister reunites with his mom under the iconic tree, and it’s the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen.
2. The tree changes with the economic times.
During the Depression era, people decorated the Rockefeller Tree with tin cans, gum wrappers, garlands of paper, and dried cranberry strings. The official tradition of lighting the tree with lavish decorations didn’t start until 1933 — the same year 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened.
3. There’s ice skating involved!
New Yorkers love looking at the tree (which is set up in Manhattan) so much, that they built an ice skating rink around it! Tourists and locals alike can rent ice skating shoes and do a few laps around the rink in the daytime or nighttime. The tree is lit in early Dec. and shines until Jan. 6, so better you book your plane tickets soon!
4. It’s eco-friendly!
They’re called EverGREEN trees for a reason! The city found that the tree went through so much decoration recycling each year, that they decided to use LED lights in 2007. After being taken down, the bark of the tree is sometimes used to help Habitat For Humanity build houses.
5. You know that star at the top?
IT WEIGHS 550 POUNDS, measures 9.5 feet in diameter, is made entirely out of glass (imagine if someone dropped it!) The “Swarovski Star” was made by German artist Michael Hammers in 2005, who later added his own lighting design to the tree.
HollywoodLifers, have you ever seen the Rockefeller Tree in person? Isn’t it beautiful?