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 ceremony for the Christmas holiday season. A video screen projected an image of the tree for those who did not have a direct line of sight.

“It makes me want to sing and dance,” said Zuri Young, who came several hours early with her boyfriend to watch the lighting for the first time. Continue reading “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012: New Jersey Spruce Lights Up Manhattan”

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 a lifetime to have the chance to donate the tree to Rockefeller Center and for millions of people to see it all over the world.”

Onlookers at 30 Rockefeller Center gathered to watch officials hoist the tree into position on Wednesday. From there it will be decorated with more than 30,000 multi-colored lights and a Swarovski star. Continue reading “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2012: Spruce That Survived Sandy Arrives In NYC (PHOTOS)”