Rockefeller Christmas tree rises, with 50,000 LED lights

November 10, 2018 - 9:11 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Something special happens in New York City only once a year: The arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

On Saturday morning, the 72-foot-tall Norway spruce rolled in on a flatbed trailer. A crane was waiting to lift it into place over the Rockefeller skating rink.

Crowds will gather on Nov. 28 for a televised ceremony to see the tree burst alive with 50,000 LED lights — five miles of illumination topped by a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star.

This year's spruce comes from the town of Wallkill, 60 miles north of New York. It was donated by Lissette Gutierrez and her wife, Shirley Figueroa, from their home property.

Millions of people are expected to visit the tree that will stay up till Jan. 7.

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