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2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Photograph: Courtesy Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for 2020 has been chosen

The Norway Spruce will be hauled in to the city on a flatbed truck.

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New York City is getting its tree.

Some speculated that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree wouldn't be put up this year because of social distancing, but it's still on its way.

The 11-ton, 75-foot-tall, 45-foot-diameter Norway Spruce from Oneonta, NY is being cut down Thursday morning and hauled to NYC on a flatbed truck. It'll arrive in Rock Center on Saturday, November 14, according to Tishman Speyer.

2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is Cut in Oneonta, NY
Photograph: Courtesy Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer.

The tree, which is selected by Tishman Speyer through an application process, was donated this year by Daddy Al’s General Store (Al Dick) in Oneonta. It's currently on private property and is near the end of its life span, according to an Oneonta resident, who is posting TikTok videos about it. 

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Before they leave the property, the Rockefeller Center folks plant a young tree in its place.

Eventually, this year's tree will be decorated with over 50,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights and topped with a gorgeous Swarovski star for good measure.

More information about how to visit the tree safely this year will be announced soon, according to Tishman Speyer.

“This year, we just feel the tree is vital," said Rob Speyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer. "The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree always represents the holiday season, but it has also stood tall as a symbol of hope, resilience, and New York’s enduring spirit, from the Great Depression to 9/11, Superstorm Sandy through today. 2020 has been a difficult year, but New Yorkers have persevered, and we are determined to come back better and stronger. We are particularly proud to continue the joyous tradition this year.”

When the holiday season is over, the Christmas tree will be donated to Habitat For Humanity to be used to build houses for low-income families.

Last year's tree came from Florida, NY.

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