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22 Pictures Of The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Through The Ages

~Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree~

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Construction workers line up beside the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1931. The Christmas tree went on to become an annual tradition and a New York landmark.

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 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)



More than 500 tuba players participating in the 24th Annual Tuba Christmas play during a concert on the ice at Rockefeller Center's skating rink, below th 74-foot Norway spruce in 1997.

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 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit in front of the General Electric building in New York's Rockefeller Plaza, during the 71st annual tree lighting ceremony in 2003.

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).

Tune in to NBC on December 2nd at 8/7c to see the big reveal of the 2015 Christmas tree during the 18th annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" telecast.

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