7. How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is Transported

Rockefeller Christmas Tree on truck


Over the years, a variety of transportation methods have been used to bring the chosen Christmas tree to its usual outpost at Rockefeller Center. The tree itself is typically decorated with giant bows and a banner as it makes its pilgrimage — usually via truck or a barge. When it goes by truck, as it did this year, the team has to make sure the tree can clear the 14-foot bridge clearings. In 1998, however, a 73-foot-tall tree was actually flown in from Richfield, Ohio on the Anatov 124, the world’s largest transport plane.