On Friday, the famed Christmas tree was craned into Rockefeller Center, standing at 85ft tall and weighing 13-tons. This year’s tree is a 90 year old Norway Spruce, hailing from Pennsylvania. (Fun fact: the tallest tree on record was in 1999 – a 100 ft Norway Spruce from Connecticut) In order to transport this massive 46ft wide tree, a crew of 8 men individually tied up branches to get the width down to 16ft. It was then brought to Manhattan and rooted in the Center using dozens of men and a giant crane.
Now that the tree has made it to it’s home for the holidays, the fun part begins. Over 45,000 lights will be used to decorate the tree and it will be topped off with the pièce de résistance – a 9.5ft wide, 550 lb. Swarovski Star.
The 82nd annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 3 from 7-9. If you don’t feel like standing in the cold with thousands of people to see the tree get lit, the ceremony will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm. The performers have yet to be announced but keep an eye on The212 for an update on that.