New York, NY – November 28, 2018: Atmosphere during 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center (Photo: Lev Radin)
Wednesday night was a special night in New York City, the 86th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place in front of thousands of people from all over the USA and across the world. It was a very cold night but the freezing temperature’s could not keep Christmas enthusiasts away from the lavish ceremony.
Pentatonix, the Radio City Rockettes and Billy Porter performed live, while Diana Ross, Tony Bennett and John Legend were displayed on large screens atop the ice skating rink giving pre-taped appearances.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was the one to flip the switch to light the massive Norway spruce from Upstate New York. Despite winning re-election last year, de Blasio was booed when announced by the hosts, moments before the tree lit up.
The 72-foot-tall tree was donated by a lesbian couple from the Hudson Valley town of Wallkill. Decorations included five miles of multicolored LED lights and a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star.
The 75 years old tree will remain on display until Jan. 7, it will then be given to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes.
The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony has been hosted at the Rockefeller Center since 1931, a tradition that will hopefully continue for many years to come. The annual event was televised on NBC, in case you missed it, make it a family event next year to celebrate the official start of the holiday season.
Wishing everyone a very special 2018 holiday season!