Christmas on the way: Rockefeller Center tree goes up

(NBC News) — The second-largest tree to ever grace Rockefeller Center was put into place on Saturday.

1. There are still 42 days until Christmas but the famous Rockefeller Center tree was put into place Saturday in New York City.

Above: Workers cut a 94-foot Norway Spruce that will become the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree at the home of Graig and Angie Eichler in Oneonta, New York on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

This year's tree is between 90 and 95 years old and weighs 14 tons.

2. The tree is lowered by two cranes onto a flatbed truck that will carry it the 80 miles to New York City.

3. Graig and Angie Eichler stand on the stump of the tree in their backyard.

"We'll miss the shade but for the most part we're happy to gain the space back, because it did monopolize the entire yard," Graig said.

4. Workers prepare to raise the tree Saturday at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

5. The 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The tree will be illuminated by 45,000 multi-colored LED lights on 5 miles of wire.

6. The 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

7. The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up by workers building the complex during the Great Depression.

Above: 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.

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