Rockefeller Center’s Perfect Christmas Tree: How Is It Chosen?



It’s that time of the year! Traveling to the Big Apple requires a snap in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Ever wonder what the process of the chosen tree is like?

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Since 1931, travelers arriving in Manhattan around the holiday season look forward to gazing at the Rockefeller Christmas tree in awe. Did you know the final decision of which tree to display belongs to the head gardener: Erik Pauze?

According to Rockefeller Center’s websites, Pauze is not only in charge of selecting the most photographed Christmas tree in the U.S., him and his team spends the entire year looking for the perfect tree across New York’s tri-state area.


These tree candidates must meet one important qualification: the ability to carry and exhibit 50,000 lights and a giant Swarovski crystal star. Sometimes, these trees may even appear in someone’s backyard, like this year’s tree.

As shown on the TODAY Show, this year’s selection was discovered in Angie and Graig Eichler’s backyard in Oneonta, New York. The giant winner is a Norway Spruce, standing at 94 feet tall and was cut down just yesterday morning. On Saturday, it will arrive in Manhattan with the official lighting ceremony to be held on November 30.

Have you ever seen the Rockefeller Christmas tree? Share with us in the comments.


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