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NYC Rockefeller Centre Xmas tree goes up

By AAP Newswire

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 LED lights as one of New York City's star holiday attractions - the gift of a same-sex married couple.

The 22-metre tall, 12-tonne Norway spruce arrived on a flatbed trailer on Saturday and was hoisted by a crane into a spot overlooking the Rockefeller skating rink.

Crowds will gather on November 28 for a televised ceremony to see the tree burst alive with eight kilometres of multicoloured lights and a 408kg Swarovski crystal star.

The 75-year-old spruce comes from Wallkill, 100km north of New York. It was donated by Lissette Gutierrez and her wife, Shirley Figueroa, from their home property. They nicknamed it "Shelby".

Millions of people are expected to visit the tree that will stay up till January 7.

"Now it's not my tree, it's the world's tree; I'm so happy to be able to share her with everyone," Figueroa said.