THE holidays are about to officially get underway in New York City, with the lighting of the world-famous Rockefeller Christmas tree.
The 79-foot, 12-ton tree arrived in Manhattan last month, and will be adorned with more than 50,000 multicolored lights and topped with a 900-pound star with 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals before tonight’s event.
The annual Christmas event is airing on NBC on Wednesday at 8pm ET, with Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker hosting.
During the event, The Rockettes, Carrie Underwood, Harry Connick Jr., Brad Paisley, Norah Jones, Alessia Cara, Mickey Guyton, Rob Thomas, and the Broadway stars of Come From Away are also performing.
The spruce, about 85 years old, had stood near the Price family’s house in Maryland before being cut down last month.
Devon and Julie Price told NBC’s “Today” that they had worried about it falling down during a storm.
“So we’re very excited to have it go to New York City,” Devon Price said.
Read our Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting live blog for the latest news and updates…
FANS COMPLAIN THE TREE LIGHTING IS ‘TOO LONG’
After more than an hour since the broadcast began, some viewers have taken to social media to say the show has gone on too long.
The broadcast is scheduled end at 10pm EST.
MICHAEL BUBLE SENDS A MESSAGE
The singer appeared on the broadcast to wish viewers a Merry Christmas.
He also teased his own upcoming Holiday special.
“I can’t wait to see you on NBC Monday,” he said.
MICKEY GUYTON SINGS ‘O HOLY NIGHT’
The R&B singer took the stage dressed in a red coat, shoes and gloves as she performed her own version of the classic Christmas song.
ROB THOMAS AND BRAD PAISLEY TOGETHER
The stars sang their song “Santa Don’t Come Here Anymore” from the album Something About Christmas Time.
NORA JONES PERFORMS
The singer took the stage to sing “Run Rudolph Run” from her album I Dream of Christmas.
A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE FIRST LADY
President Biden recorded a message for the occasion, and spoke about the history of the Rockefeller Center Tree.
“From all of the Bidens, we wish you a holiday full of laughter, peace, and joy,” said Dr Biden.
JOSE FELICIANO PERFORMS
The iconic Puerto Rican singer joined the broadcast to perform his classic hit “Feliz Navidad.”
NYPD PROTECTING SPECTATORS
Chief Juanita Holmes issued a tweet, saying that the NYPD are out protecting attendees of tonight’s tree lighting.
COME FROM AWAY CAST PERFORMS
The broadway cast is performing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
Viewers are tweeting their excitement.
MARIO LOPEZ MAKES APPEARANCE
The actor is now being interviewed by the hosts.
ALESSIA CARA SINGING
The 25-year-old singer has taken the stage.
She paired a green crop top with bright red gloves and a leather trench coat.
MICKEY GUYTON PERFORMS ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
The country artist has taken the stage and is dressed in bright red.
She is performing the Christmas classic, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
ROB THOMAS PLAYING NOW
The 49-year-old singer is performing on stage now. He is playing “Small town Christmas.”
CARRIE NOT PERFORMING IN NEW YORK
The singer is singing live from Nashville.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS
The Nashville singer is performing her song, “Let their be peace,” which was released last year.
The star is wearing a burgundy flowy dress.
PAUL RUDD SHARES MESSAGE
The actor held a comedic segment, offering holiday tips.
One money-saving suggestion was to use newspaper to wrap presents instead of wrapping paper.
NORAH JONES SINGING
The singer is now performing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”
Many are waiting for the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
To many, the lighting of the tree signals the beginning of Christmas celebrations.
HARRY CONNICK JR. PERFORMS
The 54-year-old singer and actor has taken the stage now. He is playing piano and singing.
In his career, he sold more than 28 million albums worldwide.
PENTATONIX AHEAD OF THEIR PERFORMANCE
The group issued a tweet just minutes before their performance.
PENTATONIX UP NEXT
The cappella group is now performing on the stage.
The group consists of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee
A LOOK AT THE ROCKETTES
A twitter user shared video of the Rockettes captured from the audience.
BRAD PAISLEY PERFORMS
Country star Brad Paisley is now playing after the Rockettes’ performance.
He is singing “Santa looks a lot like daddy.”
The Radio City Rockettes kicked off the tree lighting ceremony with a performance in sparking green and red dresses.
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