giant tree, ice rink… How the city is transformed for the holidays

This is probably the best-known symbol of Christmas in New York: rockefeller’s central shaft in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, a must as the holidays approach. The characteristics of this tree, 2022 edition: 25 meters high, 15 meters wide and 14 tons. According to experts, she is between 85 and 90 years old. Under this tree, another strong symbol of Christmas: the skating rinks.

The one of Rockefeller center it is one of the most famous, especially during the holidays, even if there is always a line to skate for a few minutes. When it was first installed in 1936, it was a processit was supposed to be temporary, but since then New Yorkers can’t imagine Christmas without it.

Christmas in New York is also about smells: roasted peanuts, chestnuts, hot drinks, like “Chai tea latte”the mulled wine, with its vapors of spices, cloves and cinnamon olAnd “eggnog”, eggnog, enveloping year-end drink, based on milk, cream, egg yolk and sugar…

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