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A Look Back at the Rockefeller Center’s Most Magical Christmas Trees

Let the pre-holiday hype begin! 

HOLIDAY

According to Thrillest, construction workers at the Rockefeller site decorated their little tree with cranberries and paper garlands.

First Tree: 1931

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The first of many years of this shining holiday tradition — is it really a New York Christmas without the tree lighting?

First Tree Lighting: 1933

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The festive tree’s first appearance was on The Howdy Doody Show in 1950. Since then, it’s become a mainstay of holiday programming.

Rockefeller Tree’s Big Break

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1963 marked the first year that the wood from the Rockefeller Christmas Tree display was recycled — we love an environmental evergreen queen!

Recycled Cheer

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This show-stopper from 1999 was the tallest tree to ever grace Rockefeller Center at 100 feet tall!

The Largest Tree

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The dazzling display for Christmas 2018 featured light projections of snowflakes on nearby buildings.

Norway Spruce of 2018

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The tree was planted by Carol Schultz  with hopes that it could one day be the Rockefeller tree, according to the New York Times.

dream come true

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The 2020 tree had a rough start — the internet had a lot to say about its sparse branches as it arrived in NYC — but it looked grand on the big day!

You’re Doing Great, Sweetie!

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The Rockefeller Instagram account shared a snap of this 79-foot Norway Spruce chosen to be this year’s tree. We can't wait to see it all lit up!

2021 Tree Hype

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Find out more about the trees that have lit up Rockefeller Center

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