Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in NYC is TONIGHT!

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Tonight, Wednesday November 30, 2011, is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City! 

Midtown Manhattan will be on lockdown as president Obama, Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Carole King and several other artists arrive in town for the famous tree lighting program. 
Hundreds of thousands of people attend the lighting ceremony of the famed Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center each year, and millions tune in to NBC to view the live broadcast of performances and lighting on TV. The programming begins at 7:00pm, with the actual lighting to take place around 9:00pm. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in NYC. The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. The star is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds. The Swarovski star has topped the famous Rockefeller Center tree since 2004. 

This year the Norway Spruce is 74-feet tall and comes to the big city from Miffinville, Pennsylvania.
The tallest Christmas tree recorded at Rockefeller Center was a 100-foot Spruce in 1999. In 2006, A Norway Spruce from Ridgefield, Connecticut stood at 88-feet tall for the holiday season. Last season’s tree came from Mahopac, New York and reached 74-feet tall.

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