Last weekend, unbelievably, the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center officially re-opened; and now, the tree that will adorn Manhattan during this holiday season has already been chosen—a clear sign that we are nearing Christmas season in NYC.
As in other years, Rockefeller Center has chosen a Norway Spruce, but this time it will come from the village of Florida, located in Orange County near the New York/New Jersey border.
It will be cut on November 7 and will get to 30 Rockefeller Plaza on November 9. It will be wrapped with 50,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a Swarovski star before its official debut and lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 4. It will remain at the plaza—between West 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues—until January 17, 2020.
The tree lighting ceremony is part of a more than 80-year tradition: The first tree, a 20-foot balsam fir, was put up by Rockefeller Center construction workers in December 1931.