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New York’s Holiday Icon: The Arrival of the 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives in NYC

The McGinley Family huddled together. They’re the folks who donated the tree to Rockefeller Center. 🙂

On this beautiful day of November 11, 2023, the 80-foot-tall Norway Spruce, with a diameter of 43 feet, arrived at its new home at Rockefeller Center after having been cut down two days earlier in Vestal, NY. This 12-ton symbol of the holiday season was transported to the city on the back of a 115-foot flatbed trailer.

Upon its arrival, the tree was gently placed between the iconic rink and the towering 30 Rockefeller Building. In a display of precision and care, it was then lifted just above the ground, a hole was expertly drilled into the base of its trunk, and a spike was securely driven in.

This magnificent tree, a generous gift from the McGinley Family, was honored by their participation in the ceremonial driving of the spike. Over the next weeks, this towering spruce will be lovingly adorned with a dazzling array of decorations and over 50,000 twinkling lights, transforming it into a beacon of holiday cheer.

Mark your calendars for November 29, when this radiant symbol of the season will be lit, casting a warm, festive glow over Rockefeller Center.

Below is a time-lapse video of the tree at Rockefeller Center followed by corresponding photos taken at the event.

Here are photos taken at the event:

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