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Ready Or Not, Rockefeller Center's Christmas Tree Has Arrived

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Anthony Quintano

Once the tree is all decked out, it will include more than 50,000 lights topped with a star.

The giant Rockefeller Center tree arrived Saturday.

The gardener at Rockefeller Center spotted the Norway Spruce tree seven years ago. talk about early Christmas shopping.

The tree, which is 50 feet in diameter, will be the 86th to grace the Plaza for the annual weeks-long display and the third from Pennsylvania.

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One employee at 30 Rock says she's seen the tree countless times, but it never gets old. He says he's focused on putting the gargantuan spruce into position for the big day.

The 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on November 29, and the tree will light up the plaza until January 7, 2018.

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has been a tradition since 1931. The first official lighting too place two years later, in 1933.

NBC will donate the tree to Habitat for Humanity so its lumber can be used to build homes.

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