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New Haven welcomes its holiday tree

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Now, the holiday tree is in place. Crews need to string up 30,000 lights on it.(WFSB) Now, the holiday tree is in place. Crews need to string up 30,000 lights on it.(WFSB)
New Haven's Christmas Tree arrives in downtown. (WFSB file photo) New Haven's Christmas Tree arrives in downtown. (WFSB file photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The holidays are coming early to one Connecticut city. 

The holiday tree was brought to the New Haven Green on Friday afternoon. 

The 65-foot-tall, 10,000 pound Norway Spruce was loaded up on a flatbed on Friday morning and a crane hoisted it into place in downtown New Haven around 11:30 a.m. 

City officials said more than 25 people called up to volunteer their tree, but the city picked one donated by Smedley Crane and Rigging of Branford.

The mayor's office said the holiday tree serves "serve as the focal point for many of the city’s annual holiday traditions." City officials, community members, and sponsors welcomed "the just-harvested, soon-to-be-decorated huge holiday tree."  

The welcoming observance was held at noon on  Lower Green, across Church Street from New Haven City Hall.  Now, there's still work to be done before the holidays including stringing up 30,000 lights.

"Each of those 30,000 lights will get hand strung throughout the tree. It will take two crews over the course of three, three and a half weeks to do it," Becky Bombero with New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Trees said. "We build in a little time in case we have any weather." 

The annual tree-lighting celebration, which will feature music, entertainment, and celebrity appearances, on the evening of Nov. 30. 

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