Everything you need to know about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree this year

The holidays are upon us, and what other tradition could better mark the beginning of the Christmas season in New York than the lighting of the impressive and majestic Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center? It's a tradition that began in 1933, and soon in Rockefeller Plaza, the 90th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be displayed between West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues.

This year's Rockefeller Center Τree, as revealed via the official Instagram page, is expected to arrive in New York on Saturday, November 12, and is an approximately 90-year-old Norway Spruce from Queensbury, New York, measuring 82 feet tall and 50 feet wide weighing 14 whole tons. And if you're wondering what decorations are needed for such a huge tree, you should know that it will take more than 50,000 colorful LED lights on about five miles of wire and on top of that a huge three-dimensional star weighing about 900 pounds with three million Swarovski crystals.


The lighting of the spectacular Christmas tree will take place on Wednesday, November 30 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. If you can't attend this spectacular tree lighting in person, you can alternatively watch it from the comfort of your own home via the live national broadcast of "Christmas at Rockefeller Center" on NBC.

The tree will be lit daily from 6am to midnight, but on December 25th it will stay lit 24 hours a day. Also, on December 31st its lights will turn on at 6am and turn off again at 9pm on January 1st.