It’s officially Christmas time! New York City will be glowing on Nov. 30, when the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is lit for its annual ‘Christmas in Rockefeller’ special. This year is quite the star-studded one, so here’s all the details.
When is it?
Christmas in Rockefeller Center airs on NBC at 8PM ET on Wednesday, Nov. 30, live from New York City!
Who will be there?
Today anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb will host the show, and Saturday Night Live‘s Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon will help to light the giant tree — and yes, it is giant. See the next bullet!
Where’d they get the tree?
This year’s Norway Spruce is 94 feet tall, 56 feet wide, and approximately 90 years old! It weighs around 14 tons and it will be covered with more than 50,000 lights! It was found in Oneonta, N.Y.
This year’s lineup is stacked: The Roots, Pentatonix, the HamilTones, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks with wife Trisha Yearwood and the Radio City Rockettes are all set to take the stage — some live, some pre recorded. So expect to hear a lot of your favorite Christmas tunes!
Can I see it live?
Crowds are expected to start forming by early afternoon so get there early, and expect heavy traffic in Rockefeller Center/Radio City Hall area. 48th-51st streets (between Fifth and Sixth Ave.) will include closures. Umbrellas, backpacks and large bags are not allowed. If you can’t see it tonight, you have over a month to see the lit-up tree. It will stay lit every single day from 5:30AM to 11:30PM; on Christmas day, it will be lit for 24 hours.
HollywoodLifers, will you be watching the special this year?