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    2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is from Maryland

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    A 79-foot-tall Norway spruce has officially been selected as this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. For the first time in the history of the event, the iconic holiday tree hails from Maryland. A family in Elkton—a small town about an hour and a half north of Baltimore—is donating their 79-foot Norway Spruce to hold the post as 2021’s Rockefeller Center star. Since the family found out about its selection, local authorities have been keeping guard to make sure nothing happens to the VIP before its big journey north for the season. On November 11, the 85-year-old, 12-ton tree will be cut down, hoisted by a crane, and delivered to Manhattan via a flatbed truck that Saturday.

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    Photo of the 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree courtesy of Tishman Speyer

    After arriving at its new home in Midtown, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be decorated, with the official lighting ceremony planned for Wednesday, December 1. Planned trimmings include five miles of lights—or more than 50,000 multi-colored LED bulbs—as well as a three-dimensional Swarovski star covered in three million crystals and weighing in at 900 pounds.

    The tree will be lit daily from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. and for 24 hours on Christmas Day. At the completion of the season, the 12-ton tree will be milled and donated to Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need. The tree lighting at Rockefeller Center has been a holiday tradition since 1933, with the ceremony broadcast live on television every year since 1951.

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