12 Days of Holly Jolly Holidays: Rockefeller Center

Since Michelle and I spend so much time around the Big Apple, we always like to share a little bit of NYC history with you if we can. And who doesn’t love New York City during Christmastime? (Maybe I should reword that statement since the holidays brings the very slooow moving crowds but I digress.) The window displays, the snow (as long as it’s light and pretty), and of course, the big Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.So, of course, when I was in WDW about a month ago, I couldn’t help but love how Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot each had some super tall trees as part of their cheery decor. To me, it was like finding a little bit of New York in the middle of the World. While the Rock’s tree is decorated primarily with lights, I did love how each tree at WDW had a theme. (I’m a sucker for themes.)

Hollywood Studios tree!
EPCOT tree.
Animal Kingdom tree.

Because the history of Rockefeller Center Tree is so rich (and we want you to impress all your friends with NYC trivia), here are a few fun facts about the Rockefeller Center Tree:

  • First tree was erected by grateful workers in the middle of the Depression on December 24,1931. It was a 20-foot balsam decorated with garland and tin cans.
  • The first officialRockefeller Center was over fifty feet tall, with the ceremony playing over NBCradio.
  • In 1936 and 1937, TWOseventy-foot Norway spruces stood at Rockefeller Center. In 1943, THREE treestook over the spotlight.
  • Once a tree is cut down tomake its way to New York, another tree is planted in its place — sometimes fromthe sapling of the prize tree.
  • Surprisingly, the tree is never wateredonce it is set up at Rock Center.
  • The 2011 tree is from Pennsylvania.(Funny story: when the couple first moved into their home, the wife hated thetree and wanted to knock it down. I bet she’s glad she didn’t now!)
2011 tree at the Rock.


One thought on “12 Days of Holly Jolly Holidays: Rockefeller Center

  1. Thanks for all the trivia! I'm going to whip this out on Christmas with the family 🙂 I can't believe they never water that huge tree!BTW…I love the Animal Kingdom tree…the ornaments are so unique.

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