Rock Center Christmas Tree Being Cut Down Tuesday

The 80-foot Norway spruce weighs 10 tons and is 50 feet in diameter

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 2:17 PM EDT
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2011 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: A general view of the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting on November 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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Workers on Tuesday cut down a tree in New Jersey that will become the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.      

The 80-foot Norway spruce weighs 10 tons and is 50 feet in diameter. It has been growing on the Mount Olive property owned by Joseph Balku in Morris County. 

The tree will be loaded on a flatbed truck and erected at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday. Workers will string 45,000 lights on the branches.      

The 80th Christmas tree lighting will take place on Nov. 28.

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