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    Rockefeller tree ushers in Christmas season

    NEW YORK (AP) – An iconic sign of Christmas arrived in New York City on Saturday as a crane hoisted an 25-metre Norway spruce into place at Rockefeller Plaza, where the 14-tonne tree will be festooned with thousands of lights and topped with a star encrusted with millions of crystals.

    The Christmas tree will be officially lit on November 30. The approximately 90-year-old tree was cut on Thursday then lifted onto a flatbed truck for its 322-kilometre trip from Queensbury, New York, to New York City.

    “We gave it with the expectation that everybody would enjoy it,” said Neil Lebowitz, whose family donated the tree.

    “For me, it was just a nice tree,” Lebowitz was quoted as saying by the New York Post.

    “Now it’s a special tree. Everybody around the world can enjoy it.”

    The tree, whose lower branches extend 15 metres in diameter, will be aglow with 50,000 multicoloured lights and topped with a 408-kilogramme star covered in three million crystals.

    After the holidays, the tree will be milled into lumber for donation to Habitat for Humanity, officials said.

    Workers steady the 2022 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as a crane lifts the donated tree into place. PHOTOS: AP
    Visitors watch as the 2022 Rockefeller Center Christmas is raised from a trailer

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