Shelton tree almost completely ‘wrapped’ for trip to New York

The process of preparing the Shelton tree to be transported to Rockefeller Center to be decorated for the holiday season continues. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

By late Friday, tree crews had “wrapped” more than two-thirds of the Norway Spruce on Kazo Drive. Workers are using ropes to pull in branches to make the tree less wide so it can be transported by special truck next week to midtown Manhattan.

These are photos of the tree as Friday at about 3:30 p.m., when the top of the tree had already been “wrapped” and crews were working on lower parts of the tree.

Rockefeller Center officials look for a tree about 80-feet in height that is nearing the end of its lifespan, usually from 70 to 80 years old.

The tree will be on display throughout the holiday season, being seen in person by millions of visitors and residents. The annual Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony in late November or early December is broadcast nationally on NBC television, which is headquartered in Rockefeller Center.

In 2007, a tree from a Soundview Avenue property in Shelton was selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.