- Santa Claus is the patron saint of New York City! He is based on St. Nikolas of Myra who lived during the fourth century. He is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more than any other saint, except Mary.
- The first official Rockefeller Tree was unveiled in December 1933 in its famous spot at Rockefeller Plaza, and the lighting ceremony was broadcast nationwide over NBC Radio. The tree was 50 feet tall!
- Speaking of the Rockefeller Tree, to find that perfect, awe-inspiring tree each year, Rockefeller Center conducts aerial searches by helicopter!
- On December 23, 1823 the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was first published in the New York Sentinel with no author listed. Eventually, Major Henry Livingston, Jr. Moore claimed authorship over the children’s poem.
- The modern image of Santa Claus is attributed to the Dutch and New York City. The idea of Santa began to take over America when the Dutch immigrants came to New York and celebrated his feast day.
- CBS, headquartered in New York, initially hated "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and almost didn't release the classic Christmas special.
Christmas time in New York City is one of the most magical places to be! People come from all over and visit this time of year to partake in the classic New York traditions such as visiting the Rockefeller Tree, ice skating in Bryant Park, or even attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. We at Urban Oyster love history. So we went back through the history of Christmas in New York and found some interesting facts you may not have known. Check out our list below of fun New York Christmas facts!
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