78-Foot Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree En Route to New York City

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The 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is cut down at the home of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski in Gardiner, New York on November 4. Gabe Palacio/AP

A very, very tall tree is on its way to New York City to adorn Rockefeller Center for the holidays, though it won't be lit up for a few more weeks.

The Rockefeller Center tree tradition dates back to 1931. Anyone with a Norway Spruce at least 75 feet high and 45 feet in diameter at its widest point can have the tree considered for use. This year's tree came from Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski in Gardiner, New York.

A big tree in the Big Apple—the trunk of this year's #RockCenterXMAS Tree is an incredible 47 inches in diameter! pic.twitter.com/QXTSZXulXp

— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 4, 2015

The 10-ton, 78-foot tree was placed on a flatbed truck after experts carefully cut it down. It will arrive in New York City on Friday after an 80-mile journey.

And it's off! The #RockCenterXmas Tree is officially on its way to #RockCenter! pic.twitter.com/inBBR1dieY

— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 4, 2015

10 tons of #RockCenterXMAS Tree is loaded up and ready to roll. Goodbye Gardiner, NY, hello #RockCenter! pic.twitter.com/Tot5lFRO3B

— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 4, 2015

The tree will be lit on December 2 and stay up in Rockefeller Plaza until January 6.