There’s nothing more spectacular during the holiday season than twinkling lights lining streets, store fronts and adorning trees in New York City. No matter which street you turn down you are bound to find holiday spirit lit up. Limo Express offers several Holiday Light Tours that will surely put a smile on your face.
One of the more popular spots to visit is Rockefeller Center and it’s world famous Christmas Tree. This year’s lighting will take place on Wednesday December 3rd. Most people are unfamiliar with the history of this incredible event. Although the official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933 (the year the 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened), the unofficial tradition began during the Depression-era construction of Rockefeller Center, when workers decorated a smaller 20 feet balsam fir tree with “strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans” on Christmas Eve (December 24, 1931.) Some accounts have the tree decorated with the tin foil ends of blasting caps.
Today’s trees come to Rockefeller Center in a totally different fashion. The trees are scouted by the Head Gardener Erik Pauzé. Once a suitable tree is located, a crane supports it while it is cut, and moves it to a custom telescoping trailer that can transport trees up to 125 feet tall.
Once at Rockefeller Center, the tree is supported by four guy-wires attached at its midpoint, and by a steel spike at its base. Scaffolding is put up around the tree to assist workers in putting up 45,000 multi-colored, LED lights. The star that has topped the tree since 2004 is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds.
It really is a sight to behold and a must see for the holidays. Call Limo Express today at 800-221-2345 for tour information and to make your reservation. Vehicles are limited and book quickly this time of the year, so don’t hesitate to contact us.