Rockefeller Center in New York City gets giant tree for holidays The 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cutting at the home of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski on Nov. 4, 2015 in Gardiner, NY. Here the tree is loaded onto the flatbed truck to be transported to New York City. (Gabe Palacio/AP Images for Tishman Speyer)
Rockefeller Center in New York City gets giant tree for holidays
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A 78-foot Norway spruce from New York's Hudson Valley has been put up in Rockefeller Center. It is in New York City.  The tree will be lit for the Christmas season.
 
The tree weighs 10 tons. That is 20,000 pounds.  It was lifted into place Nov. 6. It will be lit on Dec. 2.
 
The tree was cut down from the property of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski. They live in Gardiner, New York.  The tree was put on a trailer. Then it was taken on an 80-mile trip.  It ended up in midtown Manhattan, at Rockefeller Center.
 
The annual tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center brings in tens of thousands of viewers. It is watched by millions more on television.
 
After the holidays, the tree will be made into lumber.  The lumber will be used by Habitat for Humanity.

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Why might the tree need to go up so early?
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COMMENTS (53)
  • ashleyc-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:57 p.m.

    Because it's 10 tons.

  • lindsayt-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

    So they have time to decorate it.

  • mattl-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

    Because the tree is ten tons and that is really heavy

  • taylort1-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

    It may take a while for the city to put the lights up and running because some might not work

  • alexian-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

    They put it early beacuse in winter it will probably a lot harder because there's a lot of snow than in fall.

  • silverc-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    So they have enough time for other things.

  • tylerr2-bel
    11/11/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    So it doesn't die.

  • sophies-bel
    11/11/2015 - 02:00 p.m.

    So they don't have to get it when there is snow out side.

  • hunterp-bel
    11/11/2015 - 02:00 p.m.

    That's a big tree and lots of wood.

  • joed-bel
    11/11/2015 - 02:01 p.m.

    So it can be up on time and not late

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