NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Christmas season has officially begun in New York City.
The famous Rockefeller Center tree was lit Wednesday night during the annual lighting ceremony. Out-going mayor Michael Bloomberg flipped the switch.
The 75-year-old Norway spruce was donated by a couple in Connecticut. It weighs about 12 tons.
The tree is decorated with 45,000 LED lights and a nearly ten foot wide Swarovski crystal star on top. The tree will be on display until Jan. 7.