Rockefeller Christmas tree cut down at upstate NY home

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR TISHMAN SPEYER - This year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 72-foot tall, 12-ton Norway Spruce, is craned onto a flatbed truck after being cut from the yard of Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Wallkill, N.Y. The tree will be brought into New York City by flatbed truck and erected at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, Nov. 10. The 86th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer)

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) -- The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been cut down at an upstate New York home and is being readied for transport to Manhattan where it will be erected this weekend.

Rockefeller Center's publicist says the 72-foot-tall (22-meter) Norway spruce was cut down Thursday morning at the home of Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez in Wallkill in Orange County, 65 miles (104 kilometers) north of New York City.

The tree will be hoisted onto a 115-foot-long (35-meter) flatbed trailer for the trip to Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.

The tree will be erected Saturday, then decorated with 50,000 LED lights and a new Swarovski crystal star.

The tree will be lit in a televised ceremony on Nov. 28 and remain on display until Jan 7.

An estimated 125 million people visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas display each year.

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