What’s 80 feet tall, 50 feet in diameter, weighs 10 tons and is guaranteed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit?
It’s the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, which on Wednesday night will be lit for the 80th year. The Norway spruce, which is from New Jersey and survived superstorm Sandy, will be adorned with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights requiring five miles of wire.
The Christmas tree that will dominate New York’s Rockefeller Center survived the winds of Superstorm Sandy that left a path of destruction in a New Jersey town and even its donor without electricity for weeks.
Joe Balku, 76, learned that the 80-foot Norway spruce had been chosen for the honor four weeks ago. Sandy hit two weeks later.
NBC News has transformed its headquarters into Democracy Plaza, an interactive experience celebrating American democracy and citizenship. NBC’s Jenna Wolfe takes a look behind the scenes of the innovative exhibit, where thousands are expected to watch live coverage of the election on Tuesday.
As Election Day fast approaches, NBC News will once again transform the legendary Rockefeller Center in New York City into Democracy Plaza, an interactive and innovative experience celebrating American democracy and citizenship in the heart of one of its biggest cities.