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See photos of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree through the years

Is there anything more beautiful than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lit up at night? These photos prove there isn’t.
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You know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas once the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is up and lit for the holiday season. Some of the more exciting NYC events in November happen to be all the tree-lighting ceremonies during the merriest time of year, and Rockefeller Center’s massive Norway spruce is certainly no exception. Sure, the landmark is a tourist magnet, but you can’t beat the view of the twinkling tree while ice skating on The Rink before warming up with some winter cocktails. To get you excited for this year’s winter wonderland, we’ve compiled the best photos of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lit up over the years. Enjoy!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 1931
Photograph: Courtesy New York Historical Society

1931

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 1940
Photograph: Courtesy New York Historical Society

1940

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 1964
Photograph: Courtesy New York Historical Society

1964

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Rainer Halama

1981

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2005
Photograph: Shutterstock

2005

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2007
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Thomas Hawk

2007

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2008
Photograph: Shutterstock

2008

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2009
Photograph: Shutterstock

2009

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2011
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Michal

2011

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2012
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Bex Walton

2012

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2014
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2014

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2015
Photograph: Shutterstock

2015

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