Have you seen yet the:
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
5:30am–11:30pm through January 7, 2012
I haven’t been at night yet – the crowds are a bit extreme – but even in the daylight it’s quite the sight to see!
TimeOut New York says:
“The 76-foot-tall Norway spruce is the crown jewel in the city’s pantheon of Christmas trees; be prepared for insane crowds if you decide to take a peek. FYI, it’s green: the tree is lit by thousands of tiny LED lights.”
“Although the official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933 (the year the 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened), the unofficial tradition began during the Depression-era construction of Rockefeller Center, when workers decorated a smaller 20 feet balsam fir tree with “strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans” on Christmas Eve (December 24, 1931), as recounted by Daniel Okrent in his history of Rockefeller Center. Some accounts have the tree decorated with the tin foil ends of blasting caps. There was no Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1932.
The decorated Christmas tree remains lit at Rockefeller Center until the week after New Year’s Day, when it is removed and recycled for a variety of uses. In 2007, the tree went “green,” employing LED lights. After being taken down, the tree was used to furnish lumber for Habitat for Humanity house construction.”
The star on top is The Swarovski Star. From their literature:
“The Swarovski Star is comprised of more than 25,000 crystals sparkling with one million facets. It measures 9-1/2 feet in diameter, is 1-1/2 feet deep, and is nearly 600 pounds.
The Swarovski Star required a team of 15 designers, engineers and lighting consultants in Austria, Germany and New York City, taking more than 12 weeks to design, and over 2,500 hours to produce from creation to the final product.
It was created and assembled in Germany and shipped in 20 crates to New York City to be displayed on the top of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.”
Rockefeller Center is also displaying a life-sized replica of the star, that you can see close-up and personal:
It’s truly remarkable to view!
And, watching the ice skaters is so much fun, as well!
From the Ice Rink’s website:
“It wouldn’t be winter without a spin around one of New York City’s most celebrated attractions. The world-famous Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center has become a quintessential NYC experience for generations. Here you’ll find New Yorkers and visitors alike, skating amid the watchful eye of the gilded Prometheus statue and the unique urban backdrop of Rockefeller Center’s sparkling lights. Watch the skaters glide by afterwards while enjoying a delicious meal, at Rock Center Café, The Sea Grill or Cucina & Co.”
and their hours: