The landmark Christmas tree stands out as a few pedestrians make their way through the snow drifts of one of the year's heaviest winter storms in 1947 (left). A silver-sprayed 75-foot high Norway spruce sparkles after its 7,500 bulbs were illuminated in 1949 (right).
Christmas Tree decorations shine bright during the holiday season of 1959 (left). The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree glowing vibrantly in 1952 (right).
A 65-foot Norway Spruce is lowered into place at Rockefeller Plaza on November 29th, 1960 (left). The 1961 tree, which came from Harford, Pennsylvania, weighed about two-and-a-half tons (right).
Christmas at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, circa 1970 (left). Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, brother of Robert, skates with a young girl at New York's Rockefeller center skating rink in 1971 (right).
In 1983, tourists were not stopped by a steady downpour as they made the rounds of New York's Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree (left). A family enjoys the mild temperatures as they relax by an angel in the Channel Garden in New York's Rockefeller Center during a December heatwave in 1984 (right)
Radio City Music Hall Rockettes LuAnn Leonard and Cheryl Hebert are upstaged by their four-legged co-stars outside of Rockefeller Center in 1993 (left). A light rain can't keep tourists and sightseers away from the skating rink in 1997 (right).
The star atop of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is seen from the nearby offices during the lighting ceremony in 2002. The 76-foot Norway spruce from Bloomsbury, New Jersey, was lit that year by 30,000 lights (left). The statue of Prometheus, the Greek God of fire, overlooks the Rockefeller Center Ice skating ring in 2001 (right).