It’s barely even November, 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 open for business, and as of this week, Rockefeller Center has chosen the enormous evergreen that will be the center of its holiday festivities.
This year’s tree is, as in many other years, an enormous Norway spruce, this time coming from Wallkill, New York, a small hamlet near the Catskills. As for its stats: It’s 72 feet tall, it weighs approximately 12 tons, and it’s about 75 years old—or it was, before it sacrificed itself for a month’s worth of holiday whimsy.
The huge tree will be cut down next week, and make the trip from upstate down to New York City; it’s due to arrive in Rockefeller Center November 10, giving the folks there enough time to decorate it with thousands of LED lights before its big debut November 28. It’ll be in place until the beginning of January.