WRITTEN BY SARAH INNAMORATO

With the holidays approaching, comes about much excitement and joy–especially in New York City. One of the most spectacular sites to see in the city during this season is the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The tree is located at the Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan. This year marks the 84th annual tree lighting ceremony, which took place at the end of November. The tree is now lit up and ready to be admired.

This year’s tree was donated by Angie and Graig Eichler from Oneonta, New York. Usually people apply to donate their tree, but something a little different happened this year. The Rockefeller Center head gardener Erik Pauze, knocked on the Eichler’s front door last spring while he was upstate looking for the perfect 2016 tree. The Eichler’s were thrilled that their tree was chosen and are happy to share it with the town they love so much. The tree is a 94-foot tall Norway Spruce and weighs 14 tons.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has become a world-wide symbol of the holidays in NYC. Thousands of people come from all over to see the tree. It will on display until January 7th. I encourage you to not take where you live for granted. Living this close to NYC is truly a gift so go on into the city and see the grand tree this year. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the holiday cheer!