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From backyard giant to Midtown jewel: Journey of the Rock Center Christmas tree

Here's a look at the transformation as a tree from humble roots becomes an international symbol of Christmas.

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Thousands crowded the sidewalks of New York City as the 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit for the first time on Wednesday.

Above: A crane stands beside this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 75-foot Norway Spruce in the yard of Jason Perrin in State College, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 9.

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The 12-ton tree is moved to a flatbed truck after being cut down.

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The tree arrives in Rockefeller Plaza on Nov. 11.

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It is the 86th Christmas tree to grace the plaza.

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A crane hoists the tree upright.

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Workers secure the Swarovski Star before it is raised to the top of the tree on Nov. 16.
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Image: 2017 Swarovski Star Raising to the Top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

 The star is comprised of 25,000 crystals with one million facets. 

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is adorned with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights after the tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 29.
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Image: A person works in the office during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in the Manhattan borough of New York City

A man works in an office during the tree-lighting ceremony.
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The tree will be on display until Jan. 7. After the holidays it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

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Construction workers line up for pay beside the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1931. St. Patrick's Cathedral is visible in the background on Fifth Avenue.

The plaza's first tree was put up by workers building the complex during the Great Depression. The first official tree lighting was in 1933.

 

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