This year’s tree lighting ceremony in Saint Paul’s Rice Park, sponsored by Xcel Energy, occurred on November 29, 2014. The tree, it is claimed, is as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City. The gigantic tree in Rice Park is lit with 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights, in addition, there are over a million lights strung throughout the park, making for a magically twinkling landscape at night with the majestic Landmark Center serving as a backdrop. Wells Fargo is once again sponsoring the free ice skating rink. Ice skates are available for rental.