The Rockefeller Christmas tree through the years

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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.

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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:

See the Rockefeller tree through the years in the gallery below:

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree through the years
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree through the years
Rockefeller Center glows in the light of its hug Christmas tree. The lights went on last night. December 08, 1961. (Photo by Arty Pomerantz/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
CHRISTMAS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Aired 12/9/66 -- Pictured: NBC Color Mobile Units at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center, New York City, on December 9, 1966 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Spectators bask in glow of Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. December 20, 1968. (Photo by Vernon Shibla/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
A 60-foot Norway spruce this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, is set in place today. The tree will be lighted in a ceremony Dec. 5. November 22, 1974. (Photo by Vic DeLucia/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. December 09, 1985. (Photo by Michael Norcia/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Weather -- Bill Abbate, electrician at Rockefeller Center, tries to keep himself warmly dressed as high atop the giant tree he installs Xmas lights as skaters far below ignore the cold. December 05, 1985. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 5: Santa Claus (C) and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes celebrate the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree 05 December in New York. The 75-foot high Norway Spruce was decorated with 25,000 multi-colored lights for the 63rd lighting of the tree. AFP PHOTO Robert MILLER (Photo credit should read ROBERT MILLER/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 12: Rockefeller Center is sparkling during lighting of this year's Christmas tree, a 100-foot Norway spruce, at the 67th annual holiday celebration. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree shortly after the annual lighting ceremony in New York City, December 3, 2000. Thousands of people braved heavy rain to line the streets surrounding the landmark center on Fifth Avenue to watch as the 80foot-high Norway Spruce from Buchanan. New York was lit with nearly 30,000 bulbs. (Photo by Keith D. Bedford/ImageDirect)
397873 01: The Christmas tree sits moments before the 69th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony November 28, 2001 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
397873 02: The Christmas tree sits moments after the 69th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony November 28, 2001 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is seen from the nearby offices during the lighting ceremony in New York 04 December 2002. The 76-foot Norway spruce from Bloomsbury, New Jersey, is lit by 30,000 lights. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: A general view of the 71st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony December 3, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: The holiday season in New York City is officially underway as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is put into position in Rockefeller Plaza. The 74-foot-tall Norway spruce was cut down from the property of Arnold Raquet in Wayne, N.J., and transported to the city this morning. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree after it was lit, 30 November, 2005, in front of the NBC Building in New York. The 9-ton, 74-foot high 65 year-old Norway Spruce has 30,000 lights. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Workers secure into position the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree November 9, 2007 in New York City. The 84-foot-tall, 60-year-old Norway spruce will be lit November 28 and arrived in Manhattan this morning. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 03: A general view at the annual tree lighting ceremony and Christmas celebration at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is dwarfed by buildings in Manhattan on December 15, 2009 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on November 30, 2010 in New York. Originally from Mahopac, New York, the 12-ton, 74-foot Norway Spruce is adorned with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on more than five miles of electrical wire, and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. AFP PHOTO / Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: A woman takes a picture of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree with her cell phone as it stands illuminated after the annual lighting ceremony November 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Looking up '30 Rock' in Rockefeller Center, New York City, during the holidays. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree also stretches to the sky where a plane can be seen overhead.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit November 30, 2011 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree at the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting on November 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lighted November 30, 2011 in New York. (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: A view of the 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center on November 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center awaits lighting on November 28, 2012 in New York City. After two weeks of preparation, the 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot high Norwegian spruce this evening during a celebration televised on NBC and hosted by Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. The tree will remain lit every evening until January 7. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Spectators enjoy the celebration during 81st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on December 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: A general overview of the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2015 -- Photo taken on Dec. 2, 2015, shows the Norway Spruce during the 83rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rockefeller Center in New York, the United States. Thousands of people witnessed the lighting of 45,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED on the 78-foot-tall, 80-year-old Norway Spruce, which is topped with a spectacular Swarovski crystal star in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday. The Rockefeller Center has held the Christmas tree lighting ceremony annually to greet the upcoming Christmas since 1933. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
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This year, the tree will remain on display between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.

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