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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives

By Chris Kokenes, CNN
A 74-foot-tall Norway spruce weighing approximately 12 tons was hoisted by a huge crane in New York on Friday.
A 74-foot-tall Norway spruce weighing approximately 12 tons was hoisted by a huge crane in New York on Friday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tree is a 74-foot tall Norway spruce
  • It weighs approximately 12 tons and is 75 years old
  • It will be decorated with 30,000 multi-colored lights on five miles of wire
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New York (CNN) -- Is it Christmas season already? This year's most iconic Christmas tree arrived on a flatbed truck Friday morning and will grace Rockefeller Center in Manhattan when it's officially erected at the end of November.

The 74-foot tall Norway spruce weighing approximately 12 tons was cut down Thursday in Mahopac, N.Y., and hoisted by a huge crane onto a 115-foot-long trailer where it was then driven to Manhattan. The 40-foot-wide tree will be raised at Rockefeller Center Friday.

The tree which is approximately 75 years is being donated by Peter and Stephanie Acton. Peter Acton,38, a veteran New York City firefighter and a 9/11 responder, was notified by a team scouting for the Rockefeller Center tree after they spotted it on September 11, 2010.

When the tree is finally decorated for its tree lighting on November 30, it will hold 30,000 multi-colored lights on five miles of wire and will be topped with a Swarovski crystal star, adorned with 25,000 crystals and one million facets.

The first tree was erected in 1931 by construction workers developing Rockefeller Center. The first formal Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony was held in 1933 and was decked with 700 lights in front of the then eight-month-old RCA building.