The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is arguably one of New York City’s most well-known landmarks once it goes up every year during the winter time. But before it reaches its destination, where does it come from? Curbed tracked the 2016 tree’s origins and followed it from its beginnings in Oneonta, New York, to its final glorious state as a decked out masterpiece.
The tree is different every year. The 2016 specimen stands an impressive 94 feet tall and weighs a hefty 30,000 pounds—the heaviest tree to date. The Swarovski star is the ultimate tree-topper, with 25,000 crystals; It weighs 550 pounds and requires a crane to lift it to the top.