It’s the most wonderful time of the year– which means the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is now lit in all its glory! Where does 2015’s beauty come from? And just how tall does she stand? Here are five things to know!
Per holiday tradition, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit on Dec. 2 in a most gorgeous ceremony, which featured performances by Mary J. Blige, Andy Grammer and tons more huge names. But the evening’s real star, of course, was the massive tree which was illuminated, marking the start to the Christmas season. Where exactly can you see this baby? And how long will it remain lit? We’ve got all the deets on the NYC icon!
5. Just How Tall is it? Well, tall. This year’s tree sits at a hefty 78-feet tall and weighs a casual ten tons. The tallest tree on record was 1999’s, which reached 100 feet.
4. Where Does it Come From? This year’s tree hails from– where else?– the great state of New York. Specifically, it’s from Gardiner, NY, and was donated by Nancy Puchalski, a nurse, and her husband, Albert Asendorf. The couple said that they will miss the tree, however, they are now seeing it in a whole new light (literally). “It’s a beautiful tree. I didn’t realize it until I saw it here and it opened up,” Nancy told the New York Daily News.
3. What Kind of Tree is it? This year’s tree is a traditional Norway Spruce. For those of you (like us) who know little to nothing about nature, though, it is just green and tall and pretty.
2. What About that Star? So glad you asked! The stunning star which sits atop the tree is no joke– 2015 marks the 12th year in which it has been made of Swarovski crystal. Just how many crystals? A whopping 25,000. Yeah, that’s a whole lot of shine.
1. Where and When Can I See this Thing? If you are lucky enough to make your way to NYC this holiday season, you have plenty of chances to take in this gorgeous spectacle in person. The tree is open to the public every day, and will be lit from 5:30 a.m. ’til midnight (except for Christmas, when it remains lit for a full 24 hours). The tree sits square in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and West 47th and 51st Streets. It will remain lit until 8 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2016.
Do you plan to go see the tree, HollywoodLifers?