The holidays are going to be decidedly different this year, but this pandemic can’t stop one well-loved tradition – the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen and will soon be wending its way to Manhattan!

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree — a New York holiday highlight. Photo: Johnell Pannell/Unsplash

The huge specimen – it stands at about 100 feet tall – hails from Oneonta in Upstate New York, where it stands at the side of a quiet residential street. It is currently under round-the-clock surveillance until crews cut it down for the trip to New York City. The tree will arrive in the city on Saturday.

This year’s tree lighting ceremony is set for Friday, December 4, but due to COVID-19  it is likely to be a scaled-back version of the annual event that has been held since the 1930s.

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“We want that to be a great experience,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We’ll get an update on how it will be handled, but we will take proper precautions.” 

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