The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1931

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This year’s tree, to be lit tonight, is a bit bigger (76 feet tall) and will be adorned with 45,000 LED lights. 

That’s one big tree! Watch as the Christmas tree is erected in Rockefeller Center

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A 76-foot-tall Norway Spruce is erected in Rockefeller Plaza in preparation for the Dec. 4 lighting.

See photos of the tree and watch a time lapse video of the process


30 Rock lit in blue for Autism Awareness Day

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Kicking off the 2012 holiday season with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

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Spruce up: It’s tree-lighting time in Rockefeller Center

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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.

Read the complete story.

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree survived Sandy

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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.

Read the complete story.

Democracy Plaza on Election Night 2012

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Take a tour of NBC’s Democracy Plaza

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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.

See the clip from TODAY.

Democracy Plaza Set to Take Over New York City for Election Day

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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.

Read the complete press release.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is in place. #rockcenterxmas (Taken with instagram)

It’s here! Check out a video of the arrival on the Today Show here.