Pennsylvania tree to adorn Rockefeller Center for Christmas

A worker climbs out of this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 75-foot tall, 50-foot in diameter, Norway Spruce, weighing more than 12 tons, during final preparations for cutting it down in the yard of Jason Perrin in State College, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. The tree will be driven to Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, and put in place on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m to 11a.m. in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It will soon look a lot like Christmas in New York City thanks to a tree from Pennsylvania.

Workers on Thursday cut down a 75-foot (23-meter) Norway Spruce at the State College home of Jason Perrin that was chosen as the 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The tree weighs between 12 and 13 tons. It was hoisted onto a trailer and expected to arrive in New York on Saturday. There it will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski star.

It is the 85th tree to adorn the plaza and the third from Pennsylvania.

The tree will be illuminated Nov. 29 and remain on display until Jan. 7. It will then be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be transformed into lumber for building homes.


This story has been corrected to show that this is the 85th Rockefeller Center tree, not the 86th.

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