NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — For the first time in its history, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will come from Maryland, officials announced Thursday morning.
The 79-foot-tall Norway Spruce was donated by an Elkton, Maryland, family and will be cut on Nov. 11 and arrive in Rockefeller Center on Nov. 13.
After arriving, the 85-year-old tree will be covered in 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on approximately 5 miles of wire and topped off with a 900 pound three-dimensional Swarovski star.
The annual tree-lighting ceremony, first organized in 1933, will be broadcast live on NBC on Dec. 1.
Once the holiday season ends, the historic tree will go on to help a family in need of a home.
Habitat for Humanity will use the lumber milled to build a home — a practice the NON has done since 2007.