The 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

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It’s the ceremony that officially rings in the holidays. Every year, once the massive tree is decorated with over 30,000 multi-colored lights and crowned with a Swarovski star, the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree elates thousands. Sometimes it looks lusciously yellow—other times, its blues blaze. But each year it is different and always magnificent.

On December 2, an 78-foot, 10-ton spruce tree glowed as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio turned on its lights to mark the 83th annual celebration. The masses gathered outside just before the lighting ceremony to watch performances by Mary J. Blige and James Tylor. The Tree will remain lit until 8 p.m. on January 7th, 2016.