Big Christmas tree hoisted in Rockefeller Center

In this photo provided by Tishman Speyer, workers cut down a 74-foot tall Norway Spruce which will become the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for the 2010-2011 season, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, in Mahopac, N.Y. The 12-ton tree is on the property of New York City firefighter Peter Acton and his wife Stephanie. ((AP Photo/Tishman Speyer, Diane Bondareff))

November 16, 2010 2:15:57 PM PST
A 74-foot Norway spruce is getting ready for its close-up in New York's Rockefeller Center.

The tree was hoisted into place on Friday on a midtown Manhattan plaza, next to a skating rink.

At the time, the temperature was inching into the upper 50s.

The tree was donated by Peter and Stephanie Acton of Mahopac (MAY'-oh-pak), N.Y. It was cut down Thursday in the backyard of their Putnam County home.

Peter Acton, a New York City firefighter, was a 9/11 responder.

The Rockefeller Center tree scout discovered the family's spruce this year, on Sept. 11.

The lighting ceremony is Nov. 30.

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