The holiday season in New York City kicked off last night as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit during the 83rd annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. Illuminated with 45,000 LED lights, the 10-ton Norway Spruce from upstate New York was lit by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jerry Speyer, Rob Speyer, and actress Jaimie Alexander, following performances by Andy Grammer, Sting, Michael Bublé and more.
The tree will be lit daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until January 7, except for Christmas, when it will be lit for 24 hours, and New Year’s Eve, when it will be lit until 9 p.m. The tree will be milled for lumber to be used by Habitat for Humanity after the holiday season.
Read more about the ceremony here.