NEW YORK (AP), New York City welcomed a 79-foot Norway spruce to Rockefeller Center. It will be one of the most iconic Christmas trees in the world.
The tree, weighing 12 tons, was brought in by the Price family from Elkton Maryland. This is the first time that the tree has been transported from Maryland since it began its eight-decade-old tradition. The Dec. 1 lighting ceremony is planned.
The spruce’s exterior will be embellished with more that 50,000 multicolored lights. It will also feature a star weighing 900 lbs (400 kilograms) and 70 spikes made of 3 million crystals.
Thursday saw the tree being cut down and removed by a crane from the Price property. The 85-year-old spruce had been located near the Price family’s house. Devon Price and Julie Price said that they were worried about the spruce being blown away by a storm.
Devon Price stated, “So we are very excited to see it go to New York City.”
Erik Pauze is the Rockefeller Center’s chief gardening officer. He discovered this year’s tree after visiting a nursery in southern New Jersey to purchase plants. After deciding to drive around the area, he told The Baltimore Sun.
The tree is expected remain up until early January.