Yes, they have already chosen the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for 2023.

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Investing / Thursday, 02 November 2023 14:26

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is making its way to the city. The Center has selected a massive tree that will, as tradition dictates, be displayed on its plaza in New York City this year.

The tree hails from Vestal, New York, is estimated to be between 80 to 85 years old, weighs 12 tons, stands around 80 feet tall, and has a width of 43 feet. It will land on Rockefeller Center on November 11, accompanied by a ceremony featuring readings of books, letters to Santa, and ornament making.

Eric Pauze has been selecting the tree for the past 30 years. As the Chief Gardener of Rockefeller Center, he is responsible for finding the tree, nurturing and watering it, trimming it, measuring it, and transporting it, which can sometimes take several months.

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Pauze began his career as a "summer helper" at Rockefeller Center in 1988 and now oversees all of the Center's gardens. But he thinks about Christmas trees almost every day, he told the Center magazine in an interview.

"I'm looking for a tree that you would like to have in your living room, but on a much grander scale. It has such a beautiful, perfect shape all around," he said. "And most importantly, it has to look really good to those kids turning the corner at 30 Rock; it has to instantly bring a huge smile to their faces. It has to evoke a sense of happiness."

The tradition of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree dates back to 1931 when Center workers bought a 20-foot balsam fir and decorated it with handmade garlands. Two years later, the Rockefeller Center turned this into an annual tradition and held its first official lighting ceremony.

The famous ice rink located beneath the tree was opened in 1936.

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This year, the tree will be adorned with over 50,000 lights covering approximately five miles of wire. At the top, it will be crowned with a star featuring about 70 spikes, 3 million Swarovski crystals, and weighing around 900 pounds. The Swarovski star was first introduced in 2004.

The tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast on NBC at 8:00 PM Eastern Time on November 29, 2023. The tree will be taken down on January 13, 2024.