One of the best parts of living in New York is Christmastime in the city!
All of Manhattan is dressed up in its finery for the holidays. Last year I took you on a walk down Fifth Avenue. But this year I am going to take you on a visit to the spectacular tree at Rockefeller Center.
The angels are located off of Fifth Avenue on the Channel Gardens. In the summertime the 200-foot walkway is transformed into granite pools and fountains, which are surrounded by flowers.
Across the street from the gardens is Saks Fifth Avenue, all decked out for the holiday season.
As we walk down the Channel Gardens, also known as the Promenade, we can see the Tree in the center, surrounded by the Rock buildings.
The Channel got its name because it is in between a building called, La Maison Francaise and the other named the British Empire Building. Just like the actual Channel in Europe which is in between France and England.
And we come to the sunken plaza.
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The gilded bronze statue of Prometheus by Paul Manship, overlooks the plaza. It was created in 1934.
Right now the plaza is full of skaters but in warmer weather it is transformed into an outdoor garden restaurant.
The steps lead up to the perimeter of the plaza.
I even spotted a not so cheerful Santa!
The flag poles are all dressed in their holiday finery. During the rest of the year flags from the United Nation members, about 200, are on display.
Each year a tree is donated to the center. The owners of the center do pay transportation costs. This year it was a 72-foot-tall Norway spruce!
This massive 12 ton tree was actually born in Walkill, New York. It is topped by a new Swarovski crystal, weighing 90 pounds and comprised of 3 million crystals.
At the head of the sunken plaza we see this Mankind Figure. He is the Youth and on the other side is the Maiden. They were originally to flank Prometheus but the artist, Paul Manship, was not happy with the location. They were in storage for many years but now we can admire them in their current placement.
And finally we have the toy soldier who stands over us blowing his trumpet.
Below you can see just all the hustle and bustle that goes on here.
And last but not least, my girls surrounded by all the tourists and visitors with the tree in the background.
It was a bit chilly but we had a grand old time visiting the big tree! In fact we make sure to walk down Fifth Avenue every year and pay a visit to Rockefeller Center.
If you ever have a chance to visit New York I highly recommend a visit to this area and a trip up the Rock to see a view of the city from above. For now I want to thank you all of allowing me to take you on a visit to the Spectacular Tree at Rockefeller Center.
I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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