There is something magical about lighting up New York City’s biggest and brightest Christmas tree. NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center will be returning on November 30th this year. The two-hour telecast features a star-studded lineup of performers and guests.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the annual tree-lighting tradition.
Who Will Be Performing?
Like every year, there is a lot of talk about who would be performing. This year, Jimmie Allen, Alicia Keys, and Mickey Guyton, will be performing under the massive tree.
But that is not all, performers like Maya Rudolph, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani will also be making special appearances. Shelton and Stephanie will be singing their duet You Make It Feel Like Christmas in a rare televised performance.
Other artists that will be performing on the night include Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Louis York, The Shindellas, Katharine McPhee and David Foster, Matteo and Virginia Bocelli, Andrea, The Muppets of Sesame Street and more.
The Christmas celebration would be incomplete without a performance of the iconic Radio City Rockettes. Their bit will include a comedy skit from Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.
Who Will Be Hosting This Year?
Hosts play a crucial role in setting the right vibe and creating excitement. This year’s hosts include Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin. They will host the special along with Access Hollywood’s Mario Lopez.
Lopez will also be co-hosting the 7 pm extra live hour with WNBC anchors Natalie Pasquarella and David Ushery.
More About The Tree
The massive tree is perhaps the most iconic part of the show, so naturally, people have a lot of questions about it. It was lit up for the first time back in 1933. Since 1977, the tree has been broadcasted live to millions of people each year.
The tree is brought from Queensbury, New York. This year’s tree stands tall at 82 feet, about 50 feet wide, and weighs approximately 14 tonnes. It usually ranges from 60 to 100 feet.
This is not an average Christmas tree that would look fine with average decorations. Over 50,000 multi-colored LED lights cover the tree from head to toe. The tree’s star-topper is Swarovski, it features 70 bejeweled spikes and has well over 3 million crystals. The diameter of the Swarovski is more than 9 feet and 4 inches.
How To Watch The Show?
Christmas in Rockefeller airs on Wednesday, November 30th, from 8 pm to 10 pm exclusively on NBC. Those interested can catch the extra live hour at 7 pm on the NBC-owned studios and affiliates across the country.
The showstopper tree will remain at the Rockefeller Center and will light up every day from 6 am to 12 am all the way through January 2023. If you plan to visit the tree, make sure to check the timings beforehand as it may vary according to date or time.
For example, on Christmas, the tree is lit for 24 hours. But on New Year’s Eve, the tree is lit from 6 am to 9 pm. The sight is definitely something to see, especially if you can manage to see it live.