The Rockefeller Center tree being put into place ahead of the tree lighting on Nov. 29


It’s that time of year! The Rockefeller Tree arrived in midtown Manhattan on Saturday and was lifted into place in the Plaza by a giant crane.

Time-lapse video shows the Rockefeller Center tree being put into place ahead of the tree lighting on Nov. 29.

A flatbed truck drives the Rockefeller Tree onto the Plaza on Saturday morning.

The massive tree had traveled over the George Washington Bridge from Pennsylvania.

The tree was wrapped like a present for its journey from Pennsylvania to midtown Manhattan.

The tree came from the home of Jason Perrin in State College, Pennsylvania.

It is 75 feet tall and weighs more than 12 tons, which means it is no small challenge to put upright in busy Rockefeller Plaza.

A giant crane will do the heavy lifting.

But first a spike is hammared into the trunk.

The “tree stand” is a bit more sturdy than the one you might have in your home.

The crane gets ready to do its work.

Workers use heavy equipment to get the massive tree into place.

Up, up and away!

The 85-year-old tree is lifted into place.

The Norway spruce has found its home for the next two months.

The unfurled tree graces the plaza.

Lights and the star will be added in the coming days ahead of a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29.

The 75-foot tall tree will stand at Rockefeller Plaza until Jan. 7.

And you thought you had a lot of needles to sweep up!

Despite the cold weather, crowds of people came out to witness the annual event.

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