Chicago's 2013 Christmas Tree Revealed As 57-Foot Colorado Blue Spruce (PHOTO)

11/05/2013 11:01 am ET | Updated Nov 25, 2013

Tree hunting may be a ways off for most people, but the City of Chicago has already picked out its Christmas evergreen of choice.

Monday, city officials announced the selection of a towering 57-foot Colorado blue spruce for Chicago's 100th Christmas tree.

The tree was donated by a South Holland, Ill. family who say neighbors encouraged them to submit a photo for consideration in the September selection round.

"When they called and told me my tree was selected, I was overwhelmed," said Terri Moore, whose family is donating the tree.

"I am really honored, 'cause I grew up in Chicago and I remember my mom and dad taking us to see the tree, except for it wasn't one tree. It was a bunch of trees," Moore recalled to ABC Chicago.

The tree-lighting ceremony, which first started in 1913, will take place Nov. 26. at 6 p.m. According to the Sun-Times, Moore and her two daughters will join Emanuel and other guests (including special performer Darlene Love) for the century-old celebration.

The tree will grace Daley Plaza through Jan. 9.

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