NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880) – A small-town spruce from rural northeastern Pennsylvania has arrived in the big city.
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The 74-foot Norway Spruce was cut down Wednesday in Mifflinville, Pa. and hoisted into place at Rockefeller Center for its starring role in a big Christmas tradition.
It will be decorated with 30,000 multicolored LED lights. It will take five miles of wire to cover the tree, which has a girth of 46 feet at its lowest limbs.
A Swarovski crystal star more than nine feet in diameter will top tree.
The tree is came from the Keller family’s property in Mifflinville, about three hours outside New York.
The lighting ceremony is scheduled for November 30, and the tree will remain lit until January 7 After that, the tree will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.
Workers building Rockefeller Center set up the first Christmas Tree at the site in 1931. The first official tree-lighting ceremony happened in 1933.
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