Dazzling Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees From Years Past

Each year for the last 86 years, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York helps usher in the holiday season. Past trees have made the trek from around the country, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Take a look at the sparkling trees over the years.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas trees in 1966, left, and in 2012.
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Construction workers line up for pay beside the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York in 1931. The Christmas tree went on to become an annual tradition and a New York landmark. St. Patrick's Cathedral is visible in the background on Fifth Avenue.
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A Christmas tree and illuminated trumpeting angels adorn Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York, circa 1950s.
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NBC Color Mobile Units at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center, New York City, on Dec. 9, 1966.
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Christmas at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, USA, circa 1970.
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Ice skaters and tourists flock to the 65-foot tall Christmas tree in mid-town Manhattan's Rockefeller Center Dec. 9, 1988, in New York.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is framed by trumpet blowing angels after a lighting ceremony Dec. 1, 1999, in New York City.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands in Rockefeller Center on Nov. 29, 2006, in New York.
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Thirty thousand lights adorn the 84-foot Norway spruce tree at Rockefeller Center, Nov. 28, 2007, in New York.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 75th tree lighting ceremony, Nov. 28, 2007, in New York.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit in New York, Dec. 3, 2008.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree stands lit at New York's Rockefeller Plaza during the 77th annual tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 2, 2009, in New York.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 78th annual lighting ceremony, Nov. 30, 2010, in New York.
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The 74-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit using 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights in the 79th annual lighting ceremony, Nov. 30, 2011, in New York.
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The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit using 45,000 energy-efficient LED lights during the 80th annual lighting ceremony in New York, Nov. 28, 2012. The tree comes from the Mount Olive, N.J.
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Workers linger in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after it was lit during a ceremony, Dec. 4, 2013, in New York.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit in New York, Dec. 3, 2014. The 13-ton spruce's former home was outside a century-old farmhouse in Danville, Pennsylvania.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit at the 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 2, 2015, in New York.
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The 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lights up for the holiday season at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 30, 2016, in New York City.
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A view of Rockefeller Plaza during the 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 29, 2017, in New York City.
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Crowds gather around the plaza at the 86th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 28, 2018, in New York.
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