It's here! Holiday season begins as Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives in NYC

Adam Warner
November 09, 2019 - 11:28 am
2019 Rockefeller Christmas tree

Jason Goldstein


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been put in place after making a 60-mile trek from an Orange County home.

The arrival of the tree marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in New York City, and plenty of tourists were already getting in the spirit of the season as workers put the Norway spruce into place Saturday morning.

The tree was raised off a trailer and hoisted into position around 9 a.m.

But there’s still plenty of work to be done before the official lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Crews will begin covering the tree in more than 50,000 lights using five miles of wire.

The 60-year-old tree weighs 14 tons and is 46 feet wide and 77 feet tall.

The spruce comes from the home of Carol Schultz in Florida, New York.

Schultz acquired the sapling back in 1959, when it was only four feet tall.

"It was a tree that I bought in Chester, New York," Schultz said. "I had it on my coffee table for Christmas and in the spring I planted it."

It's been growing in her front yard ever since.

“It’s so beautiful—shaped perfect—and I’m happy to share it with everybody,” Schultz told NBC4.

The tree was cut down Thursday and transported by flatbed truck to its new home in Rockefeller Center.

2019 Rockefeller Christmas tree
Jason Goldstein

Schultz was among the many people snapping photos of the tree on a cold but festive Saturday morning in Rockefeller Plaza. Holiday music was playing as visitors and New Yorkers alike gazed up at the majestic tree.

After the tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 4, the tree will be on display until Jan. 14, 2020. It will then be donated to Habitat for Humanity, which will build a home out of it.

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