Frequently Asked Questions on the The Tree.
Q: Who erected the first tree and Rockefeller Center?
A: It was construction workers that erected the first tree.
Q: What type is chosen each year for The Tree?
A: Picea abies (Norway spruce) are often chosen.
Q: What is the minimum height for The Tree?
A: Trees erected will have a minimum height of 65 feet (20 meters).
Q: What is the minimum width for The Tree?
A: Trees erected will have a minimum width of 45 feet (14 meters).
Q: What is the maximum height for The Tree?
A: Trees erected will have a maximum height of 110 feet (34 meters).
Q: Has The Tree reached tripple digits?
A: Yes! 100 feet 2 inches (30 meters).
Q: What time is The Tree lit for the first time?
A: It is lit at 8:55 PM during the annual ceremony.
Q: Does the The Tree stay on all the time?
A: It’s turned off each night (except Christmas night) and resumes in the morning.
Q: Has any ceremony for The Tree been skipped?
A: Yes! In 1932, the annual ceremony was skipped.
Q: When does The Tree arrive?
A: It normally arrives on or near Veterans Day.
Q: When does The Tree come down?
A: The 5th week after the ceremony or 8th week after its arrival.
Q: How does The Tree keep standing without tipping?
A: Multiple guy-wires along with a spike help to balance The Tree.
Q: What kind of star does The Tree have on its top?
A: The Tree is adorned with a Swarovski crystal star.
Q: How does the star get on top of The Tree?
A: A crane is used to carefully affix the star to The Tree.
Q: When was the Swarovski star first used on The Tree?
A: The Swarovski star was first used in 2004 on The Tree.
Q: How much does the star for The Tree weigh?
A: The star weighs over 500 pounds.
Q: What is the diameter of the star used on The Tree?
A: The diameter of star is approximately 3 meters (9 feet).
Q: Why isn’t The Tree planted instead of using new trees each year?
A: The roots can damage things that are underground thus causing problems for it’s neighbors.
Q: How old is The Tree that is picked for the celebration?
A: The range varies but is close to the tree’s lifespan.
Q: When will the performers be announced for the tree lighting?
A: They are announced either late October or early November.
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