Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives in New York City

- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York City.

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The giant Rockefeller Center tree arrived Saturday. It was raised off a trailer and hoisted into place by a crane.

The 85th tree to adorn the plaza is from Pennsylvania this year.

The Norway Spruce was cut down in State College. It's 75 feet tall and weighs between 12 and 13 tons.

That height and weight make it a pretty unique challenge for the Rockefeller Center's head gardener.

"Well about two weeks ago we started tying it up and wrapping each branch individually," head gardener Erik Pauze said. "Then we pulled it into the tree to get it down to 14 feet so that we can travel on the highway and go underneath all the bridges and overpasses."

A large spike was driven through the trunk to help keep it in place in the plaza. It will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski star.

The tree will be illuminated Nov. 29 and remain on display until Jan. 7. It will then be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be transformed into lumber for building homes.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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