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The Wondrous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

[caption id="attachment_125" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree"]Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree[/caption] The allure of NYC during the holiday season is undeniable. One tradition that makes it so is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. As if you need yet another reason to visit NYC during the holidays! This year will mark the 80th lighting of the world-famous tree. The tree will be illuminated by 30,000 LED lights every day from Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 until January 7th, 2013. On Christmas Day, the tree will remain lit 24 hours. If you’re thinking of enjoying midtown Manhattan during its most magical season, Hotel Mela is a cozy place to rest your head and enjoy sights, sounds, and scents of the holidays. A boutique Midtown hotel, Hotel Mela offers convenient access to the very best NYC experiences- including the Rockefeller Tree. If you plan a visit, take these bits of trivia with you:

  • 1931 marked the very first year a Christmas tree stood at Rockefeller Center. The Tree was erected by a group of construction workers, and decorated with items they had on hand, such as tin cans.
  • During the winter of 1944, the Tree was not lit due to WWII blackout laws.
  • The year 1971 was the first time the Tree was recycled. It created nearly 100 bushels of mulch.

The Rockefeller Center is located from West 48th Street to West 51st Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Of course, it’s easily accessed via public transportation.