Christmas tree is hoisted at Rockefeller Center

Workers guide the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in position, in New York, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. The 74-foot Norway Spruce, from Mifflinville, Pa. is approximately 75 years old and is scheduled to be illuminated Nov. 30.
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NEW YORK - A 74-foot Norway spruce from Pennsylvania has been hoisted into place at Rockefeller Center in New York City for its starring role in a big Christmas tradition.

Workers accomplished the task with a crane on Friday.

The tree was cut down Wednesday in Mifflinville, Pa.

It will be decorated with 30,000 multicolored LED lights. It will take five miles of wire to cover the tree, which has a girth of 46 feet at its lowest limbs.

The lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 30. The lights will stay on until Jan. 7. After that, the tree will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

Workers building Rockefeller Center set up the first Christmas tree at the site in 1931. The first official tree-lighting ceremony was in 1933.