Here Are 10 Fun Facts About The Famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree

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A view of the Rockefeller Plaza during the 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

The holiday season is about to kick off and with that comes the annual Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza.

This year, the tree lighting will be held on Wednesday, November 28 and it will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.

Here are 10 Fun Facts About The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

1. The first Christmas tree ceremony took place in 1933.

2. According to the Rockefeller Center, “even before the first formal tree went up, workers lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to collect their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression.”

3.From the beginning, the tree was a gathering place of reflection of what was happening in the world.

4.This year’s tree was donated by two women named Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez.This is the first tree in Rockefeller Center's history to be donated by a same-sex or Latina couple, a Rockefeller Center spokeswoman said to The New York Times.

“After we bought the house, the previous owner told us, 'Hey, by the way, the tree in the yard? Rockefeller Center has been scouting it,’" Figueroa told NBC New York. "I didn't believe it. Until they came knocking on the door."

5.The 75-year-old Norway Spruce tree is named Shelby and hails from Wallkill, New York.

6. It will be wrapped in five miles of multi-colored lights and topped with a brand new star made of three million Swarovski crystals.

7.In December, 2001, visitors from around the world came after September 11th to see the tree decorated in a patriotic red, white, and blue.

8. Since 1954, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens turns off its fountains and instead features twelve wire-sculpted angels with gilded trumpets.

9. An estimated 125 million people visit the attraction each year.

10. The tree will be recycle and donated to Habitat For Humanity. According to the organization “once the holidays have passed and crowds have dispersed, the tree comes down and is milled, treated and made into lumber that is used for home building.”