The first Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center was placed in 1931,
during the depression. It was a small unadorned tree located by construction workers at the center of the construction site. Two years later, another tree was placed there, this time with lights.
The tallest tree displayed at Rockefeller Center came in 1948 and was a Norway Spruce that measured in at 100 feet tall and hailed from Killingworth, CT. These days, the giant Rockefeller Center tree is laden with over 25,000 Christmas lights.
This year's tree is a 75 foot Norway Spruce coming from the state of Pennsylvania. After the holidays, the tree will be cut into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.