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Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Held

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News video: Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Held

Despite the rain, thousands gathered in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

Just before 9 p.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch illuminating the 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored LED bulbs on 5 miles of wires. Security at the event was tight.

Spectators were urged to use mass transit and umbrellas, backpacks and large bags were prohibited..

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