New York City’s 80 Foot Holiday Symbol

November 29, 2012 by

Photo: Bob Horton

We didn’t make it last night to see the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City, but my husband caught a glimpse of the enormous 80-foot Norway spruce as it was arriving on November 14…

Photo: Bob Horton

Having made it through Superstorm Sandy from Mount Olive, NJ (though its owner, Joe Balku, lost power to his house), the behemeth tree arrived safely at 30 Rockefeller Center where a giant crane hoisted it into position. Decorated with more than 30,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED bulbs, and crowned by a Swarovski star, the tree will remain lit until 11pm on January 7th, 2013.


  1. J Rogers said:

    How about calling it what it is, a Christmas tree!

    — November 30, 2012 @ 10:08

  2. Jenna said:

    How horrible of them to cut down such a magnificent tree just for a holiday, a holiday in which trees have pagan origins and have nothing to do with the true meaning of what Christmas is “suppose” to be about. You people are lost and don’t care about the land you live in. Cutting down this tree for one month so onlookers can see this trees beauty fade away is a tragedy.

    — December 8, 2012 @ 21:33

  3. Touring New York City Pingback said:

    […] have admired many of Anthropologie’s wonderful window displays, but their store by Rockefeller Center always intrigues me for the natural double exposures visible when reflections of city life get […]

    — October 29, 2013 @ 17:04

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