Two titans from the non religious side of Christmas will be illuminated today: Rockefeller Center in New York City and the one at The U.S. Capitol in Washington.
The New York tree is a massive 10-ton, 78-foot Norway spruce from the Hudson Valley. It was hoisted into place last month. The annual tree-lighting ceremony attracts tens of thousands of spectators and is watched by millions more live on television.
The tree in Washington is a Lutz spruce from the Chugach National Forest. The first Capitol tree from the great state of Alaska is decorated with thousands of ornaments, some handcrafted by children and others from state communities. House Speaker Paul Ryan will light that tree.
NOTE: Gridlock is expected. Several road closures will be in effect for the lighting of these Christmas Trees.