Crowd, bundled against chill, views Rockefeller Center tree

Workers cut down a 94-foot Norway spruce that will serve as the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Oneonta, N.Y. The spruce is due to arrive Saturday in Manhattan, about 140 miles away. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Workers cut down a 94-foot Norway spruce that will serve as the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Oneonta, N.Y. The spruce is due to arrive Saturday in Manhattan, about 140 miles away. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s beginning to look, and feel, a bit like Christmas in Manhattan.

A couple of hundred adults and kids, many bundled in coats, hats, gloves and scarves, gathered in a 40-degree chill Saturday morning to watch workers putting up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The 94-foot Norway spruce was cut down Thursday in upstate Oneonta and made a 140-mile truck trip.

It originally was in the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler. They were among the onlookers as it was being raised with a crane.

Angie Eichler says their family has come almost every year to see the Rockefeller Center tree, but she never dreamed it would be theirs.

The tree’s 50,000 lights will be switched on during a Nov. 30 television broadcast.

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