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Rockefeller Center picks majestic Norway Spruce from upstate New York for its annual holiday display

Rockefeller Center picks majestic Norway Spruce from upstate New York for its annual holiday display

  • Rockefeller Center on Monday unveiled its pick for 2019 Christmas tree: a Norway Spruce from Village of Florida, New York
  • Evergreen will be cut down on November 7 and brought to Rockefeller Plaza on November 9, where it will be decorated with 50,000 LED lights
  • The 87th annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 4, and the tree will remain on display until January 17 
  • Last year’s tree – a 75-year-old, 72-foot-tall Norway spruce weighing an estimated 12 tons – came from Wallkill, New York 

It may be only late October, but at Rockefeller Center the spirit of Christmas is already felt in the air. 

The iconic complex located in the heart of Manhattan, which is home to NBC studios, on Monday offered the public a sneak peak at its 2019 Christmas Tree.

Rockefeller Center’s official Instagram account boasting 224,000 followers displayed the chosen tree: a towering Norway Spruce growing in the Village of Florida in Orange County, New York.

Officials so far have not disclosed the tree’s exact age and height.

Belle of the ball: Rockefeller Center on Monday unveiled its pick for its 2019 Christmas tree: a Norway Spruce from Village of Florida, New York

On November 7, the spruce will be chopped down and readied for the 60-journey from upstate New York to Midtown Manhattan, where it will take the place of honor at Rockefeller Plaza two days later.

The 87th annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 4, and the tree will remain on display until January 17.

Like in years past, the majestic evergreen will be adorned with 50,000 multicolour LED lights and topped with a dazzling Swarovski crystal star.

Once the tree is removed, it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be used in the construction of homes for those in need.  

The 2018 Rockefeller Christmas Tree – 75-year-old, 72-foot-tall Norway spruce weighing an estimated 12 tons – came from Wallkill, New York.

Last year's tree - a 75-year-old, 72-foot-tall Norway spruce weighing an estimated 12 tons - came from Wallkill, New York (pictured at lighting ceremony)

Last year’s tree – a 75-year-old, 72-foot-tall Norway spruce weighing an estimated 12 tons – came from Wallkill, New York (pictured at lighting ceremony) 

Like in years past, the majestic evergreen from Florida, New York, will be adorned with 50,000 multicolour LED lights and topped with a dazzling Swarovski crystal star (the 2018 lighting ceremony is pictured above)

Like in years past, the majestic evergreen from Florida, New York, will be adorned with 50,000 multicolour LED lights and topped with a dazzling Swarovski crystal star (the 2018 lighting ceremony is pictured above) 

Rockefeller Center’s head gardener Erik Pauze is tasked with selecting the tree for one of the world’s most iconic holiday displays every fall. Pauze visits nurseries and takes in tips before picking. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a longstanding tradition in Manhattan dating back to the Great Depression, when workers building the complex lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the plaza construction site to collect their paychecks.  

Once the center opened in 1933, raising a Christmas tree at the site became an official tradition that has continued ever since.

Back then, the trees usually only measured about 50 feet tall, though they are now usually between 69 and 100 feet. 

While the tree is lit, more than a half a million people visit it every day.     

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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