Earlier this week we spoke briefly about the new STARBUCKS HOLIDAY CUPS which to some mark the beginning of the holiday season. If you have any doubts about the true and official kickoff of the holiday season then this will surely convince you that it’s here.
The 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree arrived on the plaza Saturday morning around 10:30 am. The massive spruce was lifted off an 115-foot-long trailer and placed at the center towering over the world-famous ice rink.
Shortly the tree will be strung with over 50,00 lights and the iconically sparkling Swarovski Star. The tree will be lit during the live TV broadcast on Wed, Dec 4th, 2019.
The tree will remain in the plaza until Friday, January 14th, 2020. Once the tree is taken down it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and its wood would be used to make a home.
This year the 77-foot-tall, 46-foot-wide, and 14-ton spruce tree traveled hundreds of miles from its original home in Orange County, Florida. Carol Schultz told various sources that it was only 4 ft tall when she had planted it back in 1959. If you can believe it, it was actually as a centerpiece in her coffee table prior to being planted.
She had never expected the spruce to have grown into such a full and perfectly shaped tree. The head gardener from Rockefeller Center, Erik Pauze, was driving when he spotted the top of the tree from the road and he just had to bring this back home to New York.
Schultz had also submitted the tree back in 2010. Last year’s tree was a Noway Spruce weighing 12-tons and measuring 72-feet tall. Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez in Wallkill, NY gifted this to Rockefeller Center.