Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of people gathered in New York City's Rockefeller Center for the 87th annual lighting of the iconic Christmas tree.
Television personalities and musical performers were on hand for the opening ceremonies as dignitaries flipped the switch to turn on the more than 50,000 lights adorning the 77-foot tall tree.
The 77-foot tall, 46-foot wide Norway spruce was grown in Florida, N.Y., for more than 70 years before being transported to New York City in early November, according to NYCgo.
On Nov. 9, workers lifted a 900-pound Swarovski crystal tree topper with more than 3 million Swarovski crystals to the top of the tree.
More than 750,000 people are expected to visit the tree while it remains on display through Jan. 17.
After the tree is taken down it will be used as lumber for Habitat for Humanity.