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Christmas in New York: The Rockefeller Center Tree Is Lit

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Before (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Before (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

There are few things that scream Christmas in New York louder than the giant spruce at Rockefeller Center. Last night Mayor Bloomberg, along with Aretha Franklin, the Rockettes, and thousands of spectators flocked to watch the lighting of the tree.

After (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

After (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

The tree lighting is seen as the unofficial start to New York City's busiest tourist season. City officials say between eight and nine million people will visit between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year's tree is a 10-ton, 76-foot tall Norway spruce from Connecticut. If you want to take a gander, the tree will stay lit until January 7.

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