Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012: New Jersey Spruce Lights Up Manhattan

NEW YORK — An 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through Superstorm Sandy was transformed into a beacon of shimmering glory Wednesday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others turned its lights on at Rockefeller Center. Thousands of onlookers crowded behind barricades on the streets that surrounded the center during the traditional tree-lighting …

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2012: Spruce That Survived Sandy Arrives In NYC (PHOTOS)

After surviving the high winds of Hurricane Sandy, the tree destined to grace Rockefeller Center this holiday season made its grand arrival in New York City on Wednesday. The 80-foot Norway spruce was found approximately 50 miles away from the city in Joe Balku’s backyard in Flanders, New Jersey. Balku said, “It’s a thrill of …