NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was cut down Thursday to begin its trip to the city.

It’s expected to arrive in Midtown on Saturday.

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Last week, the 79-foot Norway Spruce was bound and packed up in Elkton, Maryland.

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This is the first year the tree is from Maryland.

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Workers will wrap it more than 50,000 lights, and the tree will be lit up on December 1.

CBSNewYork Team