The Rockefeller Tree Arrives! 75-Foot Norway Spruce Graces the Plaza

It's that time of year! The Rockefeller Tree arrived in midtown Manhattan on Saturday and was lifted into place in the Plaza by a giant crane.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR TISHMAN SPEYER - Workers raise the 75-foot Norway Spruce, from State College, PA, that will become the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer)
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Coralie Carlson
A flatbed truck drives the Rockefeller Tree onto the Plaza on Saturday morning.
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Tishman Speyer
The massive tree had traveled over the George Washington Bridge from Pennsylvania.
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Coralie Carlson
The tree was wrapped like a present for its journey from Pennsylvania to midtown Manhattan.
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Coralie Carlson
The tree came from the home of Jason Perrin in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Coralie Carlson
It is 75 feet tall and weighs more than 12 tons, which means it is no small challenge to put upright in busy Rockefeller Plaza.
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A giant crane will do the heavy lifting.
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But first a spike is hammared into the trunk.
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Coralie Carlson
The "tree stand" is a bit more sturdy than the one you might have in your home.
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The crane gets ready to do its work.
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Tishman Speyer
Workers use heavy equipment to get the massive tree into place.
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Coralie Carlson
Up, up and away!
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The 85-year-old tree is lifted into place.
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Coralie Carlson
The Norway spruce has found its home for the next two months.
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The unfurled tree graces the plaza.
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Lights and the star will be added in the coming days ahead of a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29.
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The 75-foot tall tree will stand at Rockefeller Plaza until Jan. 7.
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Tishman Speyer
And you thought you had a lot of needles to sweep up!
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Despite the cold weather, crowds of people came out to witness the annual event.
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Some of the people were New Yorkers, others were visiting from around the world.
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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR TISHMAN SPEYER - Workers raise the 75-foot Norway Spruce, from State College, PA, that will become the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer)
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