Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
A previous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.  Photo by Bryan Bedder — Getty Images

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Is on Its Way

Nov 10, 2016

You know the holidays are getting closer when the Rockefeller Christmas tree is headed to New York City.

This year, a 94-foot Norway spruce will go up in 30 Rock, according to NBC4. The tree was cut down Thursday morning in Oneonta, N.Y., and is already making its 140-mile journey to Manhattan.

The tree is the second largest to ever be in Rockefeller Center, according to NBC4—it took two cranes to move the tree onto a flatbed truck. It's expected to arrive by Saturday.

About 100 people in Oneonta community came to watch the massive tree be taken down, NBC4 reports.

The tree—which will be strung with a whopping 50,000 lights—will be switched on during a live broadcast on Nov. 30, and will be on display until Jan. 7. After the spruce is taken down, it will most likely be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity, according to NBC4.

Although the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 during the Great Depression, the first official tree lighting there wasn't until 1933, notes NBC4.

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