Everyone will be able to watch the lighting ceremony live on the evening of December 2.
New York’s main Christmas tree was installed in the center of the largest American metropolis on Rockefeller Plaza. NBC conducted the broadcast.
The coniferous tree, which is more than 23 m high, weighs about 11 tons, and is about 75-80 years old, was delivered in a special truck at night from Friday to Saturday. The tree was felled in the town Oneonta (state of New York), located to the North of the metropolis. Several dozen workers using a crane installed it on a special pedestal on the square near the famous New York Rockefeller Center.
“The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center symbolizes, first of all, a holiday, but it also had to be a symbol of hope, resilience and unwavering spirit of New York during the great depression, the attacks of September 11, 2001, hurricane Sandy [in 2012],-said the head of the company Tishman Speyer, which owns the Rockefeller center complex, Rob Speyer. – 2020 was not an easy year, but New Yorkers stood up, and we will return even stronger and better. We are especially proud that we have not abandoned this tradition this year.”
Unlike in previous years, this time, viewers will not be able to attend the lighting ceremony at one of New York’s main Christmas symbols due to fears of spreading the new coronavirus. However, everyone can traditionally watch it live on the evening of December 2. More than 50 thousand colored lanterns connected by more than 8 km of wires will be lit on the Christmas tree. A giant crystal star created by the masters of the Austrian company Swarovski will be installed on the top of the tree.
The tradition of installing a Christmas tree on Rockefeller Plaza began in the early 1930s. The workers who built the Rockefeller center complex installed a holiday tree on the construction site for the first time in 1931. Then the six-meter spruce tree was decorated with paper garlands and wild berries. The first ceremony of lighting Christmas lights took place in 1933. Since then, “forest beauty” was decorated with electric garlands.
Since 1997, the ceremony of turning on the garlands on the main fir tree in New York has been broadcast live.