Pa. spruce shines in NYC's Rockefeller Center

November 30, 2011 - 9:45 PM
Rockefeller Center Tree

The 74-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit by 30,000 energy efficient LED lights in the 79th annual lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has helped light the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, putting a spotlight on a small-town spruce from Pennsylvania.

The 74-foot-tall Norway spruce was illuminated by 30,000 lights during a ceremony Wednesday night.

The crowd of people who gathered to watch and ring in the holiday season was entertained by Neil Diamond and Cee Lo Green. Justin Bieber and Tony Bennett provided pre-taped performances.

The tree was cut down in Mifflinville, Pa. It's decorated with 5 miles of lights. The lights will be on until Jan. 7. After that, the Christmas tree will be turned into lumber for the housing charity Habitat for Humanity.

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