Crowds return for lighting of Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Dec. 1, 2021 (PIX11).

NEW YORK — New York City ushered in the holiday season Wednesday night with the ceremonial lighting of a 79-foot Norway spruce — the 2021 edition of one of world’s most famous Christmas trees, in Rockefeller Center.

The 12-ton tree was trucked in from the Price family home in Elkton, Maryland — the first time the tree has come from that state since the tradition began eight decades ago. The lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 1.

The spruce was adorned with more than 50,000 multicolored lights and topped with a 900-pound star with 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals.

The tree was cut down in mid-November and was transported to Manhattan for its transformation.

The first Christmas tree was placed in Rockefeller Center by men working there in 1931.

Several streets were closed Wednesday for the event: you can find the list from PIX11 here.

The tree is expected to remain up through early January.

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