After two days of travel, the 24-meter Christmas tree arrived at Rockefeller Center in New York on Saturday. During the ceremony scheduled for December 1, the spruce will be lit by tens of thousands of lamps.
“The 12-tonne tree was brought from the Price family estate in Elkton, Maryland. It comes from that state for the first time since this tradition began nearly 90 years ago,” US public radio NPR reported, calling the event the beginning of the season in New York festive.
Norway Spruce, over 24 meters high, was felled on Thursday and loaded onto a truck trailer using a crane. He traveled about 225 kilometers to New York City. Its transportation required permits from the states of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, due to its oversized dimensions. For security, a police escort was also needed.
The approximately 85-year-old tree at Rockefeller Center will be lit by more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights using approximately 127 kilometers of wires during the holiday season. They will be crowned with a 408 kilogram Swarovski star covered with three million crystals.
“We are very happy”
Donors Devon and Julie Price were worried about the spruce being knocked down by the storm, said donors Devon and Julie Price on NBC Today.
– It’s amazing to have such a tree in New York at the best time, probably on the biggest stage it could ever appear on and bring joy and happiness to the millions of people who will hopefully visit New York during the holiday season – said Devon Price quoted by the portal “Gothamist”.
– We are very happy. This is a special time. It’s magical that our tree is a showpiece of New York – added Julie Price.
Rockefeller Center chief gardener Erik Pauze explained to the Baltimore Sun newspaper that he found this year’s Christmas tree in March.
The tree light ceremony at the Rockefeller Center was held for the first time in 1933. This year’s event will be broadcast live on December 1 by NBC. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be on public display until Sunday, January 16, 2022.
After the end of the holiday season, the Christmas tree will be used as a raw material for building a house for the selected family. Habitat for Humanity will use sawn timber for this. This custom has been practiced since 2007.
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