The Rockefeller Christmas tree through the years

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:

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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