The Christmas tree has been lit, the first snow has fallen, and holiday cheer is in the air at New York City's Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center, which is one of New York City's most famous landmarks at Christmas, is actually a group of nineteen commercial buildings between 48th and 51st Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues in midtown Manhattan.
The Rockefeller Christmas tree is the most famous Christmas tree in the world. Standing at seventy six feet, it may also be one of the biggest. The tree is lit by over forty thousand multicolored LED lights and five thousand miles of wire used to separate them. Currently the tree drinks up to ninety gallons of water a day! While looking at the beauty of the tree and contemplating the hard work and dedication it took for everyone involved, one can't help but to also think about how there is someone missing this year. During Thanksgiving weekend, Jimmy Lovell, one of the many who set up the Rockefeller Christmas tree this year, was killed along with three others as the Metro-North train he was riding derailed on his way to work.
Under the giant Christmas tree is the ice skating rink. It is usually pretty crowded with all the locals and tourists from around the world who want to get on that world famous ice. Spectators can watch the ice skaters from the platform above with the tree in the background. Maybe that would make a great picture on the front of a holiday card from New York!
Right outside the rink is the Channel Gardens, which has changing themes depending on the season. The Christmas angels are watching over everyone as they pass by. Besides the angels, the garden is full of Blue Spruce, Boxwoods, Colummar Conifers, and Gold Mop Hedges. The gardens add a nice touch to the annual holiday scene.
Despite the hustle and bustle of Rockefeller Center during the holiday season, there is still calmness in the air. People are not shoving and hurrying unlike the rest of midtown Manhattan and some people break out into random Christmas carols. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and come out and be a part of it this holiday season!