Today may be Halloween, but signs of the impending Christmas season are already popping up around New York City. Decorations are for sale in some stores, ice-skating rinks are already open for business, and as of today, Rockefeller Center has chosen the enormous evergreen that will be the center of its holiday festivities.
According to NBC New York, which first reported the news, the massive tree is a Norway spruce that’s currently sitting in someone’s backyard in Oneonta, New York. To get to Rockefeller Center, it’ll first be cut down on November 10 and then trucked into the city, finally arriving on November 12. It’ll then spend a few weeks getting spruced up (ha ha) with thousands of tiny LED lights before the grand unveiling on November 30.
This year marks the 84th anniversary of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, a spectacle that first began during the office complex’s construction in 1933; the first tree was a 20-foot tall affair that was decorated with tin foil, garland paper, and metal cans. How things have changed.