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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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Jennifer Picht
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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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Photograph: Courtesy New York Historical Society

1931
Photograph: Courtesy New York Historical Society

1940
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Photograph: Courtesy New York Historical Society

1964
Photograph: Courtesy Rainer Halama

1981
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Photograph: Shutterstock

2005
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Photograph: Shutterstock

2008
Photograph: Shutterstock

2009
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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Michal

2011
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Photograph: Filip Wolak

2014
Photograph: Shutterstock

2015

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