The Rockefeller Center Tree Arrived Today!

Rockefeller Center tree arrival November 2015Rockefeller Center tree arrival November 2015
Robert Firpo-Cappiello

This 10-ton, 78-foot Norway Spruce made a dramatic entrance at NYC's Rockefeller Center this morning after an 80-mile journey from Gardiner, NY.

Budget Travel was on the scene as this year's Rockefeller Center holiday tree made an impressive arrival in NYC this morning!

Actually, I happened to be at 30 Rock for Budget Travel's AMHQ segment, "Take Control of Weather-Related Travel Delays." But as a native New Yorker who grew up visiting Rockefeller Center as a little boy (my dad worked for NBC TV), it was a thrill to see the freshly cut behemoth up close like this.

Turns out the tree and I had both commuted from the Hudson Valley this morning: The 10-ton, 78-foot Norway Spruce journeyed 80 miles in a flatbed truck from the Gardiner, NY, home of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski.

Rockefeller Center has celebrated the holiday season every year since 1931 with a massive tree. The elaborate process of safely positioning and decorating the tree will culminate in a festive December 2 lighting ceremony.

Check back with Budget Travel's This Just In blog throughout the holiday season for tips and updates about visiting NYC and other holiday hotspots!

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