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Sprucing Up in NYC: Rockefeller Center Lights Christmas Tree

The 72-foot-tall tree is decorated with 5 miles of multicolored LED lights and a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star

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    People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during the 86th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Nov. 28, 2018, in New York.

    A massive Norway spruce has been lit up in a tradition that ushers in Christmastime in New York City.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch Wednesday night to light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree following a televised extravaganza that featured performances by Diana Ross and Tony Bennett.

    The 72-foot-tall tree is decorated with 5 miles of multicolored LED lights and a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star. Rockefeller Center has hosted the ceremony since 1931.

    Police officers flooded the area and spectators were funneled through security.

    The 75-year-old tree was donated by a couple in Wallkill, 60 miles north of the city.

    It will remain on display until Jan. 7. Then it will be given to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes.