The 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree won't come from New York, or New Jersey, or Pennsylvania like it usually does -- this year's tree is coming from Maryland instead.
The 79-foot tall Norway Spruce was donated by a family in Elkton, Maryland, and will be cut down Nov. 11. The big news for the small town has been kept secret for weeks, and the tree has been under the watchful eye of local authorities ever since it was picked to become one of the most famous trees in the world.
"I found out about the tree from our lovely sheriff, who has been guarding the tree and making sure it is safe, and nothing happens to it," Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger said.
Next week, the giant spruce will be gingerly loaded onto a flatbed truck for its 145-mile journey from just over the western border of Delaware, arriving at Rockefeller Center Nov. 13.
After its trek, the tree will be dressed with more than 50,000 LED lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star.
It will be lit the evening of Dec. 1 in a live broadcast on NBC.