Christmas In Rockefeller Center

Denae Rivera, Reporter

Wednesday December 4, 2013 at Rockefeller Center, NEW YORK in the heart of New York City  was the annual Christmas tree lighting. It has yet again been a success! Millions of people around the globe tuned in to NBC as the 81st annual tree-lighting ceremony took place. Leading up to the sparkle and shine were music performances featuring, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blidge, Toni Braxton, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Jewel, Kenny Edmonds, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Other performances also went on.

As the suspense grew stronger the tree was finally lit just before the peak of 9pm. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is no ordinary tree! This years tree stood at 76 feet! With a diameter of 47 feet and aging at about 75 years! Decked with 45,000 LED lights the tree stood tall accompanied by a 9 1/2 foot wide Swarovski star tree topper.

A family from Connecticut shared the tree with Rockefeller Center after enjoying it for more than 20 years at their home.

Rockefeller Center officially started its tree-lighting ceremony in the early 1930s, when a Christmas tree was put up in front of the then-RCA Building and covered with 700 lights. Since then, Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center have ranged from 50-foot pines to 100-foot Norway spruces.

The tree will be displayed until Jan. 7, 2014. Until then, think about going to New York when this spectacular event happens again! Itʻs a once in a life time chance.