NEW YORK (NBC NY): A massive backyard spruce tree from Oneonta, NY will be the 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Rockefeller Center announced that a Norway spruce sitting in the small city southwest of Albany will adorn the plaza this holiday season. The tree will be cut down November 10th, arriving in Manhattan two days later.
The tree will be wrapped in more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights with a Swarovski star sitting on top. The lighting ceremony will be broadcast nationwide as part of NBC’s yearly “Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special” on November 30th.
The tree will stay on display until January 7th. Then, typically, the trees are milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity once taken down.
The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers building the complex during the Great Depression. The first official tree lighting there was in 1933.