Say hello to this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

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Shruti Khandelwal

The Norway spruce tree was delivered to the plaza on November 9th, 2019. This is Rockefeller Center’s 88th Christmas tree. 
The tree made its way to New York City from Florida, NY. Florida is a small town in upstate NY. Resident Carol Schultz donated the tree she had planted when she moved to her current home 63 years ago.
The tree weighs 12 tons and is 77 feet tall, making it 5 feet taller and 2 tons heavier than last year’s tree. Planted in 1959, the age of the tree is approximately 70-75 years old. 
Daniel Libeskind, a famous architect, will be redesigning the tree topper from Swarovski Crystals. The star weighs almost 900 pounds. 
NBC will be broadcasting the tree lightning which will occur on December 4th at 7:00 p.m. It will fill the air with Christmas spirit until January 17th and will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be used as lumber for homes.
The tree will stay lit from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. December 4th onward. The tree will stay lit all day on Christmas Day and from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. On January 17th, the tree will be lit until 7 p.m.
Be sure to check out the tree lighting on December 4th!