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80-foot Norway spruce gets the nod as Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, will be cut down next week

In this image provided by Tishman Speyer, a Norway spruce tree stands in the yard of a home, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Vestal, N.Y. The tree will be cut and transported to New York to stand as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree later in November. (Courtesy of Tishman Speyer via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-foot-tall (24-meter) Norway spruce from the Binghamton area has been selected as this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and will be cut down and trucked to New York City next week, Rockefeller Center officials announced Wednesday.

The tree will be cut on Nov. 9 in Vestal, New York, and will arrive at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on Nov. 11, the officials said.

After it’s wrapped in more than 50,000 lights and crowned with a star, the tree will be lighted during a live television broadcast on Nov. 29. It will be on display until Jan. 13, 2024.

The Rockefeller Center tree is one of New York City’s most popular holiday attractions, drawing throngs of admirers every year.

Vestal is about 190 miles (306 kilometers) northwest of New York City.