Having visited the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center many times I have often wondered how they transported it and set it up.

I have been to New York City during the holidays several times in past years and have stood in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

This year with mark the 85th time a Christmas Tree has been displayed in New York City.
In 1931 demolition workers pooled their money and bought a 20-foot Balsam Fir to set up and decorate, I’m sure money was hard to come by during the great depression.

Many of the trees have been donated by families and businesses, and are transported on a telescoping trailer into Manhattan in the early hours of the morning.

This year’s Rockefeller Center tree is a 94 foot Norway Spruce and it comes from right up the road in Oneonta, New York.

The tree was cut down November 10th and arrived in Manhattan last weekend where it will be set up and decorated with 50 thousand LED lights and switched on during the official tree lighting television broadcast on November 30th

If you’re planning as trip to NYC during the holiday season, make sure you visit this wonderful site and get a picture standing in front of it.

Check out some video footage of how the tree is transported, set up and lit in the videos below.