The holiday season is here, and we all know what that means -- Christmas music playing in stores, Santa making appearances in malls around the country, reindeer decorations, lights and more.
But perhaps nothing is more symbolic of the start of this jolly time of year than the unveiling of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City.
Since 1931, this massive, decorated tree has kicked off the true holiday season for many and attracts visitors and locals alike. However, the history of this iconic tree is just as magical.
Check out a historical timeline of the tree below, along with some cool facts:
Though the magnificent tree now costs millions of dollars to install, the original 20-ft. tall.tree was erected during The Depression by construction workers.
However, the first tree-lighting ceremony didn't happen until two years later in 1933.
During WWII, in 1944, the tree was not allowed to be lit due to the blackout rules.
The tree first appeared on TV in the 1950's on The Kate Smith Show.
In order to keep up with environmentalist causes, in 1971 the tree was recycled for the first time.
In 1986 the tree broke a record with 20,000 lights.
The 1999 Norway spruce broke the world record for tallest tree on record at over 100 ft.
The tree was first adorned with the Swarovski star in 2004. The spectacular topper weighs 550 pounds and featured 25,000 crystals.
In 2007, Rockefeller Center made more efforts to go green by using 30,000 LED lights.
The Norway Spruce has been the tree of choice for a majority of the time the tree has been unveiled.
See the Rockefeller tree through the years in the gallery below:
This year, the tree will remain on display between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.
Be sure to tune in to Kanvas' coverage of the 2016 tree unveiling on Kanvas on 11/30 brought to you by Dunkin' Donuts!
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