By Alison Fox
October 22, 2019
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Even though we have yet to celebrate Halloween, the holiday season in is officially upon us as New York's Rockefeller Center has chosen its Christmas tree. 

In a tradition that has lasted for more than eight decades, Rockefeller Center announced on its Instagram page that this year’s tree hails from the Village of Florida in Orange County, N.Y. — just under 60 miles from the busy plaza where the Norway spruce will be raised for millions to admire. 

The raising of the tree, which will happen on Nov. 9, is just the start of the Christmas season in New York City, which is as magical and joyous as the movies make it out to be.

This year's tree will be brought to the city in November, but won’t be lit until nearly a month later during a televised ceremony on December 4. The tree will then remain lit in its iconic spot in Rockefeller Plaza through early 2020, with the lights shining for a full 24 hours on Christmas Day.

Last year, a 45-year-old, 72-foot-tall Norway spruce was chosen and decorated with more than 50,000 LED lights and a Swarovski star on top.

Details on this year’s tree were not immediately available.

The tradition of seeing the tree each year is one of the many quintessential holiday experiences in the Big Apple. After snapping photos of it, visitors can lace up their skates and go for a spin around one of the city’s ice rinks (Rockefeller Center included, of course), check out one of the many holiday markets, admire the decorative lights in the storefront windows, or even go for a drink inside a heated igloo on a rooftop.

When the holiday season is over, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, Rock Center's announcement read. The tree will be milled and made into lumber that is then used to build homes.

You can catch this year’s tree lighting ceremony on NBC on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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