The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting 2014 is one of the most anticipated events in New York and the gigantic tree is a symbol of the holidays in the cultural and financial capital of the US and the World.
The monstrous 85-foot Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, 3 December, which will follow a star-studded live performances and musical extravaganza from 7-9 PM EST, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Tens of thousands of New-Yorkers are expected to flock the sidewalks for the event and millions are expected to watch it via live streaming across the globe.
Lights, Camera, Action!
According to NBC, the 13-ton massive Christmas tree will be decorated in 45,000 LED lights that will sparkle the cold night sky of the world's most glamorous city. The Norway Spruce from Hemlock Township, PA is approximately 90 years old and weights approximately 13 tons.
Mariah Carey, Prince Royce, Darius Rucker and the Rockettes will join the 82nd annual holiday extravaganza named "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," airing live from Rockefeller Center on Wednesday evening. Carey is expected to open the holiday program with a special performance of her No 1 smash hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
As if that wasn't enough, the show –hosted by "Today" anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales -- will feature performances from Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper featuring Billy Porter, Seth MacFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles, Idina Menel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, as previously announced.
Where to Watch Live:
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony can be watched live on NBC starting on 8pm EST. Prior to the 2014 primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special (7pm to 8pm ET) will be broadcast by select NBC stations. Check local listings.
For those paying a visit in person, the grand show will be at 7pm EST in the aforementioned address. The star-studded special ceremony is free and is open to public but one might need to rush to get a good viewing spot and it will based on first-come, first-serve basis.
The tree will be kept on display until 7 January 2015 with the visiting hours slated from 5:30am to midnight daily.
Online live streaming of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting and the performances are restricted due to license.