Christmas tree arrives at NYC's Rockefeller Center

New York City received a much-needed boost on Saturday with the arrival of a giant Christmas tree, marking the unofficial start of the 2020 holiday season.

Crews installed the 75-foot tall Norway spruce, which arrived at Rockefeller Center in the early morning hours, accompanied by a police escort along the nearly 200-mile trek from Oneonta, New York.

A lighting ceremony for the 11-ton tree is planned at Rockefeller Plaza for Dec. 2, according to NBC, which will televise the event and whose headquarters stand in front of the plaza.

In-person spectators will not be allowed at the ceremony this year, which usually draws hundreds of holiday well-wishers.

Visitors, however, should still be able to enjoy the tree – which is normally decorated with thousands of lights and topped with a large star - during the holiday season.

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New York City received a much needed boost on Saturday with the arrival of a giant Christmas tree marking the unofficial start of the 2020 holiday season.

Crews installed the 75-foot tall Norway spruce which arrived at Rockefeller Center in the early morning hours, accompanied by a police escort along the nearly 200-mile trek from Oneonta, New York.

A lighting ceremony for the 11-ton tree is planned at Rockefeller Plaza for December 2, according to NBC, which will televise the event and whose headquarters stand in front of the plaza.

In-person spectators will not be allowed at the ceremony this year, which usually draws hundreds of holiday well-wishers.

Visitors, however, should still be able to enjoy the tree, which is normally decorated with thousands of lights and topped with a large star, during the holiday season.