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Rockefeller Christmas Tree coming from Maryland, 79-ft Spruce donated from outside NY for first time

This holiday season’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree will be donated from outside the tri-state area for the first time ever, with high expectations after last year’s underwhelming tree from upstate New York that was mocked for its feeble, ‘scraggly’ skinny limbs. 

This year’s tree – a Norway Spruce that stands 79 feet tall – will come from the nearby state of Maryland.

The tree will specifically be donated by a family in Elkton and is set to arrive at Rockefeller Center on November 13 after being cut down November 11, according to NBC News

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree typically comes from Pennsylvania, New Jersey or the Empire State itself. 

Upon the spruce’s arrival, the tree will be adorned in 50,000 lights – more than five miles – and adorned with a Swarovski crystal star topper. 

This year’s tree-lighting will take place the evening of December 1 in a live broadcast on NBC.

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This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – a Norway Spruce (pictured) that stands 79 feet tall – will come from the nearby state of Maryland

Pictured: Amap showing where the 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is being donated from in Elkton, Maryland, and it's destination - New York City

Pictured: Amap showing where the 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is being donated from in Elkton, Maryland, and it’s destination – New York City

The tree will specifically be donated by a Maryland family and is set to arrive at Rockefeller Center on November 13 after being cut down November 11, per Rock Center's tweet, pictured

The tree will specifically be donated by a Maryland family and is set to arrive at Rockefeller Center on November 13 after being cut down November 11, per Rock Center’s tweet, pictured

It will remain in Rockefeller Center through the New Year, until January 16, 2022, when it then will ultimately have its body turned to lumber to help Habitat for Humanity build a home, a tradition that started back in 2007. 

An estimated 125 million people visit the Big Apple to view the attraction each year. The tree has been a national tradition since 1933. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Christmas tree used for Rockefeller Center caused some controversy, after the three-day journey to Manhattan from its upstate New York home left the spruce looking decidedly raggedy.  

The tree was mocked online when it arrived in the city on November 14, 2020, and its shabby appearance was compared to Charlie Brown’s infamously sad-looking tree in the Peanuts cartoons. 

Pictured: Installation of the 2020-2021's season 75-foot Rockefeller Center Christmas Norway Spruce Tree from Oneonta in upstate New York

Pictured: Installation of the 2020-2021’s season 75-foot Rockefeller Center Christmas Norway Spruce Tree from Oneonta in upstate New York

This year's tree is 75 feet tall and weighs 11 tons, or about 22,000 pounds. Pictured: Last year's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree installation on November 14, 2020

This year’s tree is 75 feet tall and weighs 11 tons, or about 22,000 pounds. Pictured: Last year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree installation on November 14, 2020

Spectators gathered to view the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree. This year, COVID restrictions include requiring a ticket and visitors will have just five minutes to view the tree

Spectators gathered to view the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree. This year, COVID restrictions include requiring a ticket and visitors will have just five minutes to view the tree

But after more than a week of love and attention from workers, as well as sneaky ‘extensions’ to its branches, the 75-foot Norway spruce looked more like itself.

Last year’s ceremony was not open to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the event was broadcast live on NBC. 

Dolly Parton, the Goo Goo Dolls and Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon were among those who performed last year.

This year’s Maryland spruce tree will hopefully hold up better than the one from upstate New York. Photos of the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree circulated online ahead of the tree lighting and drew disparaging remarks from a legion of Scrooges.

‘I expected nothing in 2020 to be good nice, or pretty and this tree confirms my dire expectations,’ one Twitter user wrote at the time.

More than 50,000 lights on the 75-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree were illuminated at the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

More than 50,000 lights on the 75-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree were illuminated at the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

‘Decorate it with some limbs please,’ another chimed in.

‘This is treeson,’ punned one user.

The Rockefeller Center clapped back in a tweet written in the voice of the tree itself.

‘Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?

‘Just wait until I get my lights on! See you on December 2!’

It followed a similar controversy in Cincinnati, where the tree installed in Fountain Square was panned as a shrub reminiscent of Charlie Brown. 


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