The Christmas season is officially upon us and most have already put their decorations up around the house and on their tree.
New York will get in on the action on Wednesday, lighting up the 94-foot tree hand-picked from Oneonta, New York, to sit in Rockefeller Center through the holidays. The tree won’t be the only spectacle at the plaza — hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists will gather together for a televised event featuring celebrity guests, performers and more.
The annual tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST and will run until 9 p.m. Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the infamous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree as it’s lit from the comfort of their own homes should look up their local NBC station. The “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” 2016 special is being hosted by Natalie Morales along with “Today” hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. The tree lighting will also be live streaming online HERE. No cable subscription is necessary.
A number of well-known musicians have agreed to perform during the 2016 Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony. Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly and Garth Brooks are just a few of the famous faces viewers can expect to see during the event. There are also expected to be a number of surprise guests revealed during the show.
Those daring enough to brave the massive crowds sure to be flocking to the event should brace for rain. If hoards of eager spectators and inclement weather don’t deter you, you can catch the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special live and in person between West 48th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues in New York City. The event is free and open to all who wish to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis. The best way to guarantee a good view is to get there early.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will remain lit from Wednesday night until 9 p.m. EST on Jan. 7, 2017. Visiting hours are between 5:30 a.m. EST and 11:30 p.m. EST daily.