For the first time ever, the festive tree that will light up Midtown Manhattan is coming from Maryland.
The 79-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Elkton, located next to the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, will be cut down on Thursday, Nov. 11.
This year's tree is approximately 85 years old and weighs 12 tons.
Meet the 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! For the first time ever, the tree is from Maryland. The 79-ft Norway Spruce will be cut on Nov 11 and arrive at Rock Center Nov 13. Click for tree lighting details and more on our @habitat_org partnership.https://t.co/oxqHEmHWQC pic.twitter.com/Hyv5FWKqrf— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 4, 2021
It's due to arrive by truck at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, Nov. 13.
After being wrapped with more than 50,000 multi-colored lights on five miles of wire and crowned with a 900-pounds Swarovski star, the spruce will be lit on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be on display to the public until Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022.
ALSO READ: History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
The first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was erected in 1931 by Rockefeller Center workers who pooled money together for a 20-foot high balsam fir.
The inaugural lighting ceremony was held two years later and has become a New York City tradition ever since, according to Rockefeller Center.