Rockefeller Center Tree Gets Lit Tonight

November 29, 2018

The annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in New York City is tonight.

The tree has been a holiday staple in Rockefeller Center every year since 1931, with the lighting being broadcast live around the world since 1951.

The tree is 72 feet tall and weighs 12 tons.The 75-year-old Norway Spruce tree is named Shelby and hails from Wallkill, New York, which is 80 miles north of New York City.The tree will be wrapped in five miles of multi-colored lights and topped with a brand new star made of three million Swarovski crystals.

The tree lighting will be broadcast nationally on NBC from 7 p.m-9 p.m CT. The holiday season kickoff event will be hosted by TODAY anchors.

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