Official Tree Lighting in New York City 2012

Joy to the world! In its 9th season the magnificant Swarovski Star at Rockefeller Center send its light into the world crowning the world's most famous Christmas tree.

All over the world the name of Swarovski stands for the unique brilliance of crystal just as the Rockefeller Center’s name stands for a place that is unique. And Michael Hammers’ talent, ingenuous dedication and limitless passion to bring crystal dreams into being is unique as well: The Swarovski Star at Rockefeller Center!

Robert Buchbauer
Member of the Executive Board
D. Swarovski & Co.

The lights and Michael Hammers'  Swarovski Star turned on on the Nov. 28 live broadcast. The show featured performances by Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, CeeLo Green, Victoria Justice,  Chris Mann, Rod Stewart and Il Volo. The show was hosted by NBC "Today" show personalities Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie, with special appearances by iconic actors Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

NBC's annual show "Christmas in Rockefeller Center", celebrating the lighting of America's most famous Christmas tree, was be a special one this year: The 80-foot Norway spruce that stands in the heart of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center came from a town in New Jersey that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Its donor, who lost electricity and two other trees on his property, watched the 12-ton spruce sway back and forth in Sandy's powerful winds and was relieved to report it survived.


"In its 9th Season The Swarovski Star crowns the most famous Christmas tree in the world. What a great success. It surely comes from the fact that there is a kind of universal meaning inherent in the symbolism of this crystal star, a symbolism which everyone can grasp immediately, no matter what his or her origin, educational background or religion may be. Constellations are investigated, interpreted and are said to point the way: stars seem to possess secret knowledge, knowledge of the past and of the future. Where do I come from and where am I going? And in crystal there lives the twinkling of the stars, of a secret whose guardian Swarovski must be: The Swarovski Star at Rockefeller Center."

Michael Hammers

Deck the Holidays!

Swarovski crystals are true part of the magic of New York's Season doing both, adorning the costumes of the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall as well as bringing the brightest shine to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree by the Swarovski Star with its 25,000 crystals and 1,000,000 facets.

Lights. Camera. Spectacular! It's time for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and this year we're celebrating 85 Years of being in New York!
 - Rockettes


The Swarovski Star 2012behind the scenes:  Rockettes - Rock Center Tree Lighting Rehearsal 2012   Photo Credit: MSG Creative/Dan Niverbehind the scenes:  Rockettes - Rock Center Tree Lighting Rehearsal 2012   Photo Credit: MSG Creative/Dan Niver

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