Twice As Nice

For the second time in six years, a tree from Shelton takes center stage at Rockefeller Center


Neighbors look on as the 76-foot tall Norway spruce from Shelton, CT., is cut down for the 2013 Rockefeller Christmas Tree, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Stuart Ramson/Insider Images for Tishman Speyer

This year, the 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree once again hails from Connecticut. There must be something in Shelton’s soil as this is the second time in six years a Shelton tree has been the star of the annual holiday display in New York City. The 76-foot tall, 47-foot in diameter Norway spruce will be decorated with more than 45,000 multi-colored lights to continue the tree-lighting tradition. The 75-year-old Norway spruce was donated by the Vargoshe family, which resided in Shelton for 22 years. Their home has always been known as “the house with the big Christmas tree in front.” The tree comprises a lot of memories for the Vargoshe family. But what better way to reminisce than to see the tree lit up with a 25,000-Swarovski-crystal star in Rockefeller Center in front of millions of people, knowing that it is their own tree from Connecticut. This tradition has come a long way since the first official tree lighting ceremony in 1933, when a tree was covered with merely 700 lights. Now, it is one of New York’s most popular events, appealing to millions of people every year.


Stuart Ramson/Insider Images for Tishman Speyer

The 81st Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting spectacular will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 7–9 p.m. in Rockefeller Plaza. The tree will remain lit and can be seen until January 7, 2014.