The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has become a valuable commodity to midtown Manhattan, drawing about 750,000 holiday visitors to the shopping and tourist destination every day the tree is lit. (On non-Christmas days, about 350,000 people visit.)
Tishman Speyer, which co-owns Rockefeller Center, doesn’t pay for the tree. It is donated every year, and interested giant-Norway spruce owners can submit their trees for consideration.
The 2016 tree was lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 30 at Rockefeller Plaza. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7. Each year thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast.
Angie and Craig Eichler are the proud donators of this year's tree from Oneonta. Their 94-foot-tall Norway spruce is the second-tallest Christmas tree to ever stand tall in midtown. "It's gonna take about maybe 30 guys to stand it up and get it nice and straight, and secure it," Erik Pauze, Rockefeller Center's head gardener, told amNewYork before propping up the tree on November 12, 2016.
When December rolls around, 'tis the season for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Since 1931 -- when construction workers building Rockefeller Center put up a tree -- locals and tourists alike have flocked to midtown Manhattan to bask in its glow and get into the yuletide spirit. amNewYork uncovers some hush-hush facts about its past, and its present.
If you want to replicate the America’s most famous tree in your living room, here’s what you could expect to pay shared by Bloomberg.com.