"" Writer's Wanderings: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The last time we were in New York City during the holidays, it was for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Unfortunately the tree in Rockefeller Center is not lit until the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. Fortunately this year we had the opportunity to return to NYC and catch the tree lighting show and ceremony. Unfortunately it rained and even though we arrived at a little after 5 (show started at 7 and tree lighting happened at 8:56), we were part of the crowd that filled the last section of available viewing area and that was only a partial view of a large TV monitor and the upper half of the tree visible above umbrellas.

Undaunted, we waited out the four hours and the video below shows our reward. It truly is a beautiful sight and it was fun to say we were there for the switch to be turned on. Yup, we're a little crazy but so were about 100,000 other people.

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