NEW YORK — A tree in upstate New York has officially been selected to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The 75-foot-tall Norway Spruce is located on private property in Oneonta.


It was donated to Rockefeller Center by Oneonta resident Al Dick, owner of Daddy Al's General Store.

The tree will be cut down Thursday morning and transported to Manhattan, where it will be erected at Rockefeller Center on Saturday.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place as a virtual and television event only as a COVID-19 safety measure.

In the coming weeks, Rockefeller Center is expected to announce plans for socially-distanced viewing of the tree once it's fully decorated.