The iconic Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony sparks the Holiday Season for the 87th year on December 4th, 2019. This year’s tree stems from New York’s Orange County — a Norway spruce — 77 feet tall, weighing 14 Tons. Nearly 50,000 multi-colored LED lights adorn the giant spruce crowned with the iconic Swarovski Star. Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, the annual ceremony will once again be nationally broadcast live on NBC beginning at 8:00PM ET.
Tonight’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on NBC features festive performances by Chicago, Brett Eldredge, Derek and Julianne Hough, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani, Straight No Chaser and Skylar Astin and Alex Newell, with appearances from Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and the Radio City Rockettes.
Environmental Responsibility: Team Trees
Once the holiday season ends the 2019 Christmas Tree will donated to Habitat for Humanity for the 13th year in a row. The tree comes down on January 17th, 2020 and is milled, treated and made into lumber that is used for home building wood.
NBCUniversal has partnered with The Arbor Day Foundation to support tree-planting efforts to promote recovery in disaster-stricken areas. The media giant’s $25,000 donation will restore communities across the United States that have been destroyed by recent wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters. The more than 100,000 trees planted since the partnership’s inception 11 years ago have helped rebuild forests and communities for future generations to enjoy.
HOLIDAY TRADITION BEGAN in 1931
The holiday tradition began in 1931 with a simple 20 foot high Balsam Fir Tree.
“In December, 1931, demolition workers at the Rockefeller Center construction site pooled their money together to buy a Christmas tree. The 20-foot high balsam fir was decorated with handmade garlands by the men’s families. This photo, taken on Christmas Eve, shows the men lined up to receive their wages.” — Rockefeller Center Holiday Tree Lighting Website
Rockefeller Center’s Holiday Lighting is not the only attraction in Midtown. The fences are up along Fifth Avenue for another legendary Holiday Tradition — The Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows. This year’s window decorations are inspired by “Frozen 2.”