No trip to New York City at Christmas time is complete without visiting Rockerfeller Center to see the Christmas tree, the skaters on the rink and the shows on the streets.
1 The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree. The tree is a Norway Spruce lit up by 30,000 LED lights with five miles of wire, and crowned by the Swarovski crystal star.
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4 Another view of the Christmas Tree.
5 Rockerfeller Center.
6 The Ice Skating Rink at Rockerfeller Center.
7 The Ice Skating Rink at Rockerfeller Center.
8 The Ice Skating Rink at Rockerfeller Center. The Teen Miss USA contestants were out this evening. The blonde in the middle of this photo is from my state of Arizona.
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11 Rockerfeller Center. Every 15 minutes they would play a video that would integrate with the building. Here you can see there are 3 minutes to go before the show begins. I have a video of this at the end of this section.
12 Rockerfeller Center.
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16 Rockerfeller Center. They have some very nice shoppes lining up the square.
17 Another view of the Christmas Tree.
18 St. Patrick's Cathedral is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church, located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, directly across the street from Rockefeller Center and specifically facing the Atlas statue.
19 Atlas, directly across from St. Patrick's Cathedral.Designed and cast in 1936 by Lee Lawrie and Rene Chambellan, the statue's exaggerated musculature and stylized body are characteristic of the Art Deco style. The north-south axis of the sphere on his shoulders points to the North Star as viewed from New York City. Laid across Atlas's shoulders is a wide, curved beam that displays a frieze of the traditional symbols for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Adjacent to Earth (over Atlas's right forearm) is a small crescent symbolizing the Moon. Affixed to one of the sphere's rings are symbols for twelve constellations through which the Sun passes during the year.
20 Another view of Atlas.
21 The GE Building at Rockerfeller Center.
22 Short video of Rockerfeller Center and the attractions in and around the center.