2. The Lights on the Rockefeller Center Tree Stretch 5 Miles

The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is as much a staple of a new York Christmas as the Rockettes or the Christmas Spectacular. While the first tree in 1933 was only about 20 ft tall, put up by works on Christmas Eve. Today, the tree can be anywhere from 60 to 100 ft and is put up almost a month in advance. While previous trees were gifted to the Rockefeller family by wealthy donors, growing popularity has warranted Rockefeller Center to be just a bit pickier.

Today, officials embark on a helicopter tour of upstate New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The Tree is delivered to Rockefeller in the middle of the night (some have caught it on a large flatbed truck en route) , and decorated with thousands of LED lights before being hoisted to the center of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Plugged in end to end, the lights on the Rockefeller Center tree would stretch 5 miles, about the distance from 110th Street to 14th Street along Broadway. (For reference, the perimeter of Central Park is 6 miles). To add to the feat, the Swarovski star at the top weighs 550 pounds. The tree does not require water for the entire month because its enormous size can retain enough water to keep it alive.