2011 Rockefeller Center Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The 79th annual Rockefeller Center Tree-Lighting Ceremony was held yesterday, officially welcoming the holiday season to New York City.  This year’s tree is a 74 foot tall Norway Spruce from the town of Mifflinville, PA.  The tree is decorated with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights strung on 5 miles of wire and crowned by a Swarovsky Crystal Star.  The ceremony featured performances by Neil Diamond, Cee Lo Green, and Carol King.  There were also pre-taped performances by Tony Bennett and Justin Bieber.  Tens of thousands of people showed up to witness the tree-lighting ceremony, which happened on a day when President Obama was in town to raise money for his re-election bid.  The combination of the tree lighting ceremony and the President’s visit, caused a traffic nightmare in Manhattan.  Regardless, nothing could take away from the beauty and the awesomeness of the ceremony.  Let the holiday season commence!

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