Today the majestic Norway spruce that was chosen for the 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree travels about 60 miles from the Village of Florida in Orange County, N.Y. to arrive at 8am.
The tree will be lifted onto a crane onto the Rockefeller Plaza from about 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Making this day special children will be able to participate in family-friendly activities. Free packets of Norway spruce seeds will be handed out so that families can plant their own evergreens.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the concourse level of Rock Center, visitors will have an opportunity to make art in a free workshop with artist Angelica Hicks. She will guide kids of all ages in making their own holiday artwork, decorating wooden snowflakes with glitter and black markers.
The children’s pieces will become part of Hick’s collaborative “snow globe project,” which will be installed at the ticket booth in the concourse.
The event also brings live performances from the Rock and Roll Playhouse, encouraging kids to dance and sing along. There will also be holiday-themed face painting, balloon art and free temporary tattoos by Hicks.
After the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree’s arrival, the Norway spruce will be wrapped with 50,000 holiday lights on five miles of wire.
On Nov. 13th the Swarovski star will be placed on top and the 87th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on December 4 from, 7 to 10 p.m.
The tree will remain lit daily from 6 a.m. to midnight, and will stay illuminated for 24 hours on Christmas Day. After the tree is taken down, it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for the 13th consecutive year as lumber to build homes.