Here are photos of the Shelton tree lit up in all its holiday glory in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4. (Photos by Greg Scaffidi/Ccourtesy of Tishman Speyer)
The 81st annual tree-lighting ceremony attracted tens of thousands of spectators to midtown Manhattan and was watched by millions of people on NBC-TV stations across the country.
The 2013 tree came from the front yard of the Vargoshe family of Shelton, who live on Kazo Drive. It is a 76-foot-tall Norway spruce that now is decorated with 45,000 LED lights and topped by a crystal star.
The tree is about 75 years old, weighs about 12 tons, and is 47 feet in diameter. It is believed to have been planted in the 1950s after being used as a live, indoor Christmas tree by a previous owner of the Vargoshe home.
John and Louise Vargoshe have owned the property since 1992, where they are raising two sons — Nathan, 15, a sophomore at Shelton High School, and Noah, 12, a seventh-grader at Shelton Intermediate School.
In New York City during the holiday season, visitors can view the lit tree at the plaza in front of 30 Rockefeller Center each day from 5:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; all day (24 hours) on Christmas Day; and from 5:30 a.m.–9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The last day to view the tree is Jan. 7, 2014.