Rockefeller Center Has Officially Picked Its 2022 Christmas Tree—and It's Massive!

Cue the Mariah Carey Christmas anthem because we're getting ready to ring in all things jolly and merry!

We can officially mark the beginning of the holiday season now that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has finally been chosen. On Tuesday, a big announcement from Rockefeller Center confirmed that the iconic tree, which has been a Christmas tradition in New York City since the 1930’s, was selected.

This year's tree is an 82-foot-tall Norway Spruce (that’s 3 feet taller than last year’s tree!). It’s about 50 feet wide and weighs over 14 tons, according to Rockefeller Center. The massive tree will be the star of Rockefeller Center’s annual tree lighting—where it’s decked out with thousands of colorful Christmas lights.

But where did the tree come from and how can you tune in to the tree lighting ceremony? Read on for everything you need to know about this year's Rockefeller Christmas Tree, including the town it came from and how it’s picked.

Where did this year's Rockefeller Christmas Tree come from?

This year's tree is from Queensbury, New York, which is on the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The 85 to 90-year-old tree isn't the first to come from New York, and probably won't be the last. (Though, last year marked the first time a tree was chosen from the state of Maryland!)

While the tree was recently selected, it won't be cut down and brought to the big city until November 12.

Who picks the Rockefeller Christmas Tree?

Erik Pauze, the head gardener for Rockefeller Center, has been assigned the important task of picking the Rockefeller Christmas tree year after year.

In an interview conducted by the Rockefeller Center, Pauze spoke about how he got the prominent gig he has now.

"I’ve loved planting and landscaping since I was really young, and I’ve done nothing else," Pauze said. "I started as a summer helper at Rockefeller Center when I was in college in 1988, then came back after school and just started to take on more and more responsibility."

When will the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony take place?

Whether you tune in for the Christmas music or just the excitement of watching the tree get lit up, watching the Today Show host the “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” special is all part of the holiday fun. The televised event will take place on NBC on November 30 at 8 p.m ET and 7 p.m Central.

According to the Rockefeller Center's website, the tree will be lit every day (after November 30) from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. However, on Christmas Day, the tree is lit for a full 24 hours!

To see the entire history of Rockefeller Center's annual Christmas Tree Lighting through photos, head to their website for more!

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