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Rockefeller Center Reveals 2018 Christmas Tree

Patch logo Patch 10/29/2018 Brendan Krisel
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MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — The holiday season is kicking into gear in New York City, and one city institution has revealed details about one of the season's biggest tourism draws.

Rockefeller Center will import a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Walkill, New York to serve as its Christmas tree his year, the organization announced Monday. The tree will be brought to the city on Nov. 10 and lit on Nov. 28, according to Rockefeller Center.

The 75-year-old tree has a 45-foot diameter and weighs an estimated 12 tons, Rockefeller Center announced. When the evergreen arrives in New York City a crane will lift it into place and it will be decorated with 50,000 multi-color LED lights. A brand-new Swarovski crystal star will top the tree.

This year's tree lighting event will be free to the public and space is reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those who'd rather take in the spectacle from their comfort of their living rooms can watch the annual NBC broadcast. The ceremony runs from 8–10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The tree will remain lit until Jan. 7, Rockefeller Center announced.

Lead photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

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