The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center lit their lights in the city of skyscrapers before thousands of people who crowded eager to participate in this traditional event that marks the beginning of the holidays.
After two hours of celebration, a total of 45,000 multicolored bulbs and efficient light and color have a fir 23 meters high topped with a spectacular crystal star at its apex.
In an unusually warm December night, the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, along with Jerry and Rob Speyer, two of the owners of Rockefeller Center, pressed a button that turned on the Christmas lights in the symbolic act.
During the celebration of the start of Christmas thousands of people watched live performances by performers such as Go Go Dolls, Jewel, Leona Lewis or Lauren Araina.
Also during the ceremony and also missed the flagship show of the Rockettes, the corps the ballet at Radio City Music Hall, which last year celebrated its 85th anniversary.
The voices of Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Toni Braxton and Ariana Grande were also part of the inaugural Christmas party, although recorded performances yesterday and issued through screens.
The Swarovski Star, which is ten years old at the top of Rockefeller Christmas tree, is made this year with 25,000 crystals and is equipped with a system that causes the flicker effect.
The tree chosen this year as a symbol of New York Christmas measured 23.2 meters is about 75 years old and was donated by the family Vargoshe Shelton city in the state of Connecticut.
The tree has been part of the family since they moved to this area 22 years ago and has been part of their lives during this time.
On the branches of Norway spruce this family has been tied swings and baseballs for their children to practice the sport.
As family who attended the lighting of your tree said, feel “proud” and “excited” that his firm is the prettiest of Christmas.
“Somehow it’s as if we had won the lottery,” said the father of the family Vargoshe.
The first lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree in this emblematic point of the Big Apple in 1933 took place thanks to the 700 bulbs that have multiplied since year after year among the branches of pine and fir to become an indispensable tradition at Christmas.
The tree will have their Christmas lights on until 7 January from 5.30 am until 23.30 pm.
On Christmas day the lights will light all day and New Year from half past five until nine at night.