Nov. 14 (UPI) — This yr’s 75-foot-tall Christmas tree arrived at Rockefeller Heart on Saturday able to be decked out for the vacation season.
The arrival of the Norway spruce — which is 45 ft vast and weighs 11 tons — marks the unofficial begin of the vacation season for New York Metropolis.
This yr’s tree hails from Oneonta, N.Y., and is between 75 years and 80 years previous, Rockefeller Heart says.
As soon as embellished, it would boast greater than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on strings totaling about 5 miles lengthy. It can additionally characteristic a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star, which was designed in 2018.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the tree-lighting ceremony can be a bit of totally different this yr. There can be no public entry to the occasion, which can be aired on NBC on Dec. 2.
Particulars of the ceremony, which usually consists of efficiency from widespread musical acts, can be revealed at a future date.
After the lighting, visiting hours on the tree can be day by day from 6 a.m. to midnight, 24 hours on Christmas Day, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Yr’s Eve.
Staff erected the primary tree at Rockefeller Heart in 1931 after pooling their cash collectively to purchase a 20-foot-tall balsam fir. The middle made the tree a practice and held its first lighting ceremony two years later.