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NYC's Rockefeller Center prepares for 80th annual tree lighting Special

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 25, 2012 in Lifestyle
New York - Rockefeller Center is a popular sightseeing destination, and as the holiday season approaches, locals and tourists alike will head over to see the spectacular decorations. This week Rockefeller Center's 80th annual tree lighting will take place.
Every year the holiday season brings thousands of people to New York City's Rockefeller Center. This section of the city is fully decorated and the large tree is one of the main attractions. On Nov. 28 the tree at 30 Rockefeller Plaza will be lit for the first time.
Many of the commercial stores are all set for Christmas, but places such as Rockefeller Center, one of New York's most popular destinations during the holidays, are only partially decorated. This past Thanksgiving weekend people were hard at work at Rockefeller Center preparing for the arrival of the 2012 holiday season.
This year's tree comes from Mount Olive, N.J., the Associated Press reported (via Yahoo! News). The Norway Spruce is 80-feet tall, weighs 10 tons and is 50 feet in diameter. The tree arrived at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 14, 2012. According to AP, the tree was in Superstorm Sandy's path, but fortunately was spared.
According to Rockefeller Center's website, the tree will be decorated with over 30,000 "multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights, and crowned by a Swarovski Star."
While the tree isn't quite ready, many of the other familiar decorations are already in place. Additionally, the famous ice skating rink has had skaters coming out to enjoy the rink, which opened on Nov. 9.
On Nov. 28, tens of thousands will be lining up to see the festivities at Rockefeller Center. If previous years are any indicator, in my experience, the area is guaranteed to be wall-to-wall people. If you are in town and plan to go to see the tree lighting, get there early!
Additionally, the performances and tree lighting will be broadcast on where else? NBC. The network will air the festivities from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST.
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