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Home for the holidays: Rockefeller tree arrives in New York City

The 12-ton tree was trucked in Saturday morning from the Price family home in Elkton, Maryland. It will be lit on Channel 2 the night of December 1.

NEW YORK — NOTE: The video above aired on November 11.

New York City has ushered in the holiday season with the arrival of a 79-foot Norway spruce that will serve at Rockefeller Center as one of the world’s most famous Christmas trees.

The 12-ton tree was trucked in Saturday morning from the Price family home in Elkton, Maryland. It's the first time the tree has come from that state since the tradition began eight decades ago.

That tree that will be lit on live TV, right here on Channel 2, the night of December 1.

The spruce will be adorned with more than 50,000 multicolored lights and topped with a 900-pound star with 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals.

Since the tree was chosen a few weeks ago, it has been guarded by authorities 24 hours, seven days a week, to help make sure nothing happened to it.