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Rockefeller Christmas tree through the years: See photos

Each year, Rockefeller Center celebrates Christmas by displaying an enormous tree lavishly decorated with ornaments and lights, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to see it.

The 2016 tree lighting was held on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Scroll down to see photos of the trees since the tradition began in 1931.

1931

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been a New York City staple each holiday season since 1931.

1942

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1942.

1945

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1945.

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1947

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1947.

1966

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1966.

1969

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1969.

1980

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1980.

1983

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1983.

1989

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 1989.

1997

In 1997, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was 74 feet tall.

1998

The 73-foot Norway Spruce tree sits atop Rockefeller Plaza minutes after it was lit by first lady Hillary Clinton at the 66th annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2, 1998.

1999

The 1999 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was a 100-foot Norway spruce.

2000

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen on Nov. 29, 2000.

2001

The 70-foot tall Rockefeller tree was illuminated in red, white and blue lights after it was lit by first lady Laura Bush and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Nov. 28, 2001 in the 69th annual tree-lighting ceremony.

2002

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit on Dec. 4, 2002. The 76-foot Norway spruce from Bloomsbury, New Jersey, was illuminated with 30,000 lights.

2003

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen on Dec. 3, 2003.

2004

A Swarovski star with 25,000 crystals topped the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 2004. The star measured 9.5 feet in diameter and weighed 550 pounds.

2005

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 2005.

2006

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 2006.

2007

The 2007 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit with 30,000 energy efficient LED lights.

2008

The 2008 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree came from Hamilton, New Jersey, and stood 72 feet tall.

2009

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 2009.

2010

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on Nov. 30, 2010.

2011

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen on Nov. 30, 2011.

2012

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen on Nov. 28, 2012.

2013

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree seen in 2013.

2014

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, lit on Dec. 3, 2014.

2015

Last year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit on Dec. 2, 2015.

2016

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, lit on Nov. 30, 2016.