Elkton, Maryland (WJZ) — The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City came from Maryland for the first time. On Thursday morning, this 79-foot Norwegian spruce was felled in Elkton, Cecil County.
Community members gathered to watch the 12-ton tree being expertly cut and hoisted by a crane. It was then placed on a flatbed truck, ready to go to Big Apple.
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Earlier this year, Devin and Julie Price accidentally knocked on the door of Erik Pauze, the principal of Gardner at the Rockefeller Center. The center said that Pauze found the tree from a distance.
“We never thought that our tree would become the tree that Rockefeller Center showed to the world,” shared Devon. “It’s a great honor.”
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On November 13, the crane will hoist the tree in place at Rockefeller Center, and then the scaffolding will rise. The tree is about 90 years old and will be decorated with more than 5 miles of wires and installed more than 50,000 colored lights.
The tree will arrive at Rockefeller Center on November 13 and will be lit with more than 50,000 multi-color LED lights on December 1-using 5 miles of wire.
At the top of the tree is a Swarovski star designed by Daniel Libeskind in 2018. According to the center, the star has 70 spikes and is covered with 3 million crystals.
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Devon and Julie Price and their families will attend the light show.
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