Rockefeller Center’s 2020 Christmas Tree Will Arrive in NYC This Weekend

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Although holiday celebrations will look a little different this year, an iconic tradition in New York City is still standing: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. 

Selected on Wednesday, this year's tree is a Norway Spruce from Oneonta, NY — about 170 miles north of the city — and arrive at Rockefeller Center Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 14. 

The tree stands 75 feet tall and weighs about 11 tons. It was donated to the plaza by Al Dick, the owner of Daddy Al's General Store in Oneonta, according to Today. It will arrive in Manhattan via a 115-foot-long flatbed trailer.

For those keeping track: it is the second tree in five years to be located in Oneonta.  

This year’s tree is about two feet smaller and one ton lighter than the tree that stood in Rockefeller Plaza last year. Last year’s tree was also the first to wear a newly redesigned star, made by Swarovski Crystals and architect Daniel Libeskind. The 900-pound star is adorned with about 3 million crystals and requires a crane to be lifted to the top. 

Details about the plaza’s annual tree lighting ceremony have not yet been released, but it is likely to be a smaller affair, with restrictions on how many people will be allowed in the plaza — if any. 

If this year’s schedule follows tradition, the tree will likely have its lighting ceremony in early December. It will likely remain in Rockefeller Center until early 2021, at which point the tree will be donated to a charity like Habitat for Humanity for lumber. 

The tree's arrival comes as COVID-19 cases have spiked in various parts of New York City and Gov. Andrew Cuomo implemented a new curfew of 10 p.m. for bars, restaurants serving alcohol, and gyms starting Nov. 13.

Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure, currently based in Brooklyn. When in a new city, she's usually out to discover under-the-radar art, culture, and secondhand stores. No matter her location, you can find her on Twitter, on Instagram, or at

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