Tis the season! Yup, it's that time of year again - the tree is en route to Rockefeller Center! This year's tree is a 72-foot tall Norway Spruce, hailing all the way from WallKill, New York, about 65 miles north of New York City. The tree was cut down early Thursday morning on the property of Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez. It is set to be hoisted onto a 115-foot-long flatbed trailer for the trip to Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. It will go up on Saturday and be decorated with 50,000 LED lights and a Swarovski crystal star!
Rockefeller Center's Head Gardener, Erik Pauze, said it is very exciting for him to participate in this process, explaining what it is like to scout for the perfect tree within the state. “I found this one about four, or five, years ago when I was over there on Route 32,” Pazue said. “I saw a big, great portion of the tree, and when I went down the road and turned around and came up on top of the hill here, I saw the whole tree and I knew that one day it would be a great tree for Rockefeller Center.” Check out this awesome video of tree drone footage from the Rockefeller Center Twitter!
The iconic NYC tradition is set to arrive at Rockefeller Center on Saturday. The Lighting Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 28th - we cannot wait to see this beautiful tree shine! It will remain on display until January 7th, so make sure you make the time to stop by before it's gone!