A 45-foot Norway Spruce was cut down on Bristol Street in New Haven on Monday and transported to the New Haven Green.
Over the next month, city crews will be working to decorate it in anticipation of the official tree lighting on Dec. 5. It will be broadcast live on NBC Connecticut at 7 p.m.
The tree was donated by the Smith family. They bought their house 30 years ago in September 1989 and at the time the tree was about 6 feet tall.
“It was great because when we first moved here it was just a little taller than me. I used to decorate it every Christmas,” said Samuel Smith, the homeowner.
Smith and his neighbors watched over the last few days as crews worked to trim the tree back, wrap it up, shut off all the utilities around their home and cut it down.
“I think it’s wonderful and I think it’s amazing. I think they couldn’t find a better one than my neighbor’s tree,” said Linda Cox, Smith’s neighbor.
This year, the tree lighting at the New Haven Green will mean even more to the Smith family and the entire neighborhood.
“The whole neighborhood has been anticipating the tree going downtown to be put on the green. There’s a lot of excitement. The grandkids are ready, everybody,” said Smith.