It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here in NYC and tonight marks the 81st annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! The “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” televised event will air tonight on NBC starting at 8PM EST with performances by Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel, singing all your favorite holiday songs. Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales will be hosting the event this evening and the legendary Radio City Rockets will be there as well to perform a few numbers from their Radio City Christmas Spectacular. But of course it’s at the end of the show where the real star of the evening, the mighty Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, really gets its chance to shine.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree this year is a 75-year old, 76 foot Norway Spruce from Shelton, Connecticut and will be decked with over 45,000 multicolored lights as well as a 9 1/2 foot Swarovski Star. I was able to sneak out of work for a few minutes this afternoon to snap a few pictures of the hustle and bustle going on around Rockefeller Center before the big show tonight! Hope you enjoy them and be sure to tune in tonight to NBC for the Christmas in Rockefeller Center celebration and tree lighting!