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    Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Christmas season has officially begun in New York City.

    The famous Rockefeller Center tree was lit Wednesday night during the annual lighting ceremony. Out-going mayor Michael Bloomberg flipped the switch.

    The 75-year-old Norway spruce was donated by a couple in Connecticut. It weighs about 12 tons.

    The tree is decorated with 45,000 LED lights and a nearly ten foot wide Swarovski crystal star on top. The tree will be on display until Jan. 7.

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