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Behold! 2019 Tree Arrives at Rockefeller Center, Officially Kicking Off the Holiday Season

The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers building the complex during the Great Depression

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    See it: Crane Lifts 2019 Rockefeller Center Tree Into Place

    A crane and a dedicated crew lifted the 2019 Rockefeller Center tree into place on Saturday morning.

    (Published Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019)

    What to Know

    • This year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was cut down on Thursday from the village of Florida in Orange County, New York

    • The Norway Spruce stands at 77 feet tall and is 46 feet in diameter. It arrived at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, Nov. 9

    • The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers building the complex during the Great Depression

    From a coffee table to a yard in New York's Orange County, the 2019 Rockefeller Center holiday tree is ready for showtime.

    The 77-foot-tall Norway spruce from Carol Schultz in the village of Florida arrived at Rockefeller Center early Saturday morning. 

    Schultz used a sledgehammer to drive a spike into the trunk as crews prepared to lift the huge spruce. A crane raised it off a 115-foot-long trailer and hoisted it into place by the iconic Prometheus statue on the ice rink around 10:30 a.m. 

    The tree will be lit in all its glory during a live television special next month.

    Behold! 2019 Tree Arrives at Rockefeller Center

    [NY] Behold! 2019 Tree Arrives at Rockefeller Center

    This year's tree has arrived on the plaza at Rockefeller Center, but it hasn't been hoisted yet.

    (Published Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019)

    The 14-ton tree was cut down on Thursday. And it has quite a story. 

    Schultz tells News 4 it was only 4 feet tall when she planted it in 1959. She says she initially had the plant inside her home on a coffee table but later planted it outside.

    "I said, 'Oh I don't think it's gonna take.' You know how things happen, but it turned out to be a magnificent tree. It's so beautiful, shaped perfect and I'm happy to share it with everybody," Schultz said.

    The head gardener from Rockefeller Center, Erik Pauze, says he spotted the top of the tree while he was driving and he just had to figure out a way to get to it.

    "As soon as I came around the corner I kind of knew it'd be the tree," Pauze said.

    It was a bittersweet goodbye for Schultz but it was almost destined to be. It didn't take a lot of convincing on Pauze's part when he knocked on Schultz's door, since she had submitted the very same tree to be the Rockefeller tree candidate in 2010. 

    Watch 2019 Rock Center Tree Brought Down Ahead of Journey to NYC

    [NY] Watch 2019 Rock Center Tree Brought Down Ahead of Journey to NYC

    From a coffee table to a yard in Orange County to the heart of Manhattan, the 2019 Rock Center holiday tree has an incredible story. On Thursday, it was cut down and prepped for its journey to the Big Apple.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

    After being adorned with more than 50,000 multi-colored lights and crowned with the iconic Swarovski star, the tree will be illuminated for the first time during a live TV broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 4. 

    It'll be on display until Friday, Jan. 14, 2020. Afterwards, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be made into a home.

    Last year's tree was a 72-foot, 12-ton Norway spruce from Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez in Wallkill. 

    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.

    Rockefeller Christmas Tree Ready to Be Transported to NYC

    [NY] Rockefeller Christmas Tree Ready to Be Transported to NYC

    A 14-ton tree is going to make Rockefeller Center its home this holiday season and you can bet that thousands of of Christmas lovers will flock to New York City to see it. John Chandler reports.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

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