Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center lit without a hitch
NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center was lit Wednesday night by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, kicking-off the tourist season in one of New York's highly trafficked holiday shopping districts.
The streets around the giant tree were packed with tens of thousands of people trying to see performances by Aretha Franklin, Shakira, and the Radio City Rockettes amongst others.
A spokesperson for the Rockefeller Center says the tree brings an estimated 750,000 people to the center during the weeks the it's lit. That's about 400,000 more people than visit on an average day the rest of the year.
The famed ice skating rink below the tree was covered by carpet this year, so onlookers could get a better look of the ceremony.
Online reporting by Thomas Strieker.
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