Pennsylvania tree to adorn Rockefeller Center for Christmas

75-foot Norway spruce to be illuminated Nov. 29

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It will soon look a lot like Christmas in New York City, thanks to a tree from Pennsylvania.

With Penn State's Beaver Stadium serving as a backdrop, workers on Thursday cut down a 75-foot Norway spruce at the State College home of Jason Perrin.

The tree was chosen to tower above midtown Manhattan as the 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

"The holidays are always important to everybody, I believe, so I was excited that millions of people would get to enjoy the tree," Perrin said.

The tree, weighing between 12 and 13 tons, was carefully cut, hoisted into the air, and carefully placed onto the back of a flatbed trailer.

It's expected to arrive Saturday in New York City, where it will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski star.

It is the 85th tree to adorn the plaza and the third from Pennsylvania.

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

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