Anyone who has walked the streets of New York City on a brisk December night has taken comfort in the warm glow of lit Christmas trees peeking out of apartments and office lobbies, and adorning department store windows and pedestrian plazas.

But of all the trees in the city, there’s only one that both locals and visitors from around the world return to year after year, and that’s the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.

Last year, an owl chose the iconic Tree as its NYC home base. From the moment the tiny saw-whet owl was spotted in the massive, 75-foot Norway spruce, she stole New Yorkers’ hearts. She was named Rocky (short for Rockefeller) and cared for by a wildlife center before being released back into the wild.

Legend has it Rocky went home to Upstate New York absolutely raving about her time in the Big Apple. Her tales of bright lights, yellow taxis, and elegant ice skaters caught the attention of her best friend, a notoriously curious owl named Roxy, who decided right then and there that she needed to fly straight to Manhattan and see the action for herself.

Now, Roxy is proud to call Rockefeller Center, the very heart of New York City, her forever home. The ambitious little owl even scored herself a job as an official ambassador, and there really is no one better suited for such a role. Roxy’s passion for Rockefeller Center has led her to get to know every inch of it — and to befriend every visitor who crosses her path.

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