Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives in New York

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives in New York
Posted at 4:26 PM, Nov 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-11 11:45:09-05

NEW YORK (NY1/CNN) - This year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree made its way to New York City on Saturday.

The 12-ton, 75-foot tall Norway spruce grew up in State College, PA, and will spend the next few weeks in Manhattan.

The tree was cut down Thursday and transported by truck right into midtown Manhattan, where a giant crane placed it next to the Rockefeller Center ice rink.

In 1931, workers building Rockefeller Center put up a Christmas tree to lift spirits during the Great Depressions. The first official lighting too place two years later, in 1933.

The 2017 tree will be decorated in more than 50,000 multi-colored lights. The lighting ceremony will take place Nov. 29.

The tree will remain on display until Jan. 7, 2018, after which it will be cut into boards and donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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