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Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center lit; Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige perform

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Wednesday night, the Christmas tree was lit in Rockefeller Center in New York City; the event was televised and watched by millions of people around the country. Mayor Michael Bloomberg flipped the switch at 9 p.m. and turned on the lights that lit up the tree and the surrounding area, according to the NY Daily News. Mariah Carey performed and opened the show.

The Christmas tree is a 76-foot Norway Spruce that came from Shelton, Conn. The first Christmas tree was lit in Rockefeller Center in New York City in 1933 and has been a tradition in this country ever since.

The Christmas tree has 45,000 colored LED lights and a massive 9 1/2-foot-wide Swarovski star on the top. The tree will stay in Rockefeller Center until Jan. 7 then it will become lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

Several stars performed at the ceremony including: Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel, Mariah Carey and Leona Lewis. See the video above for some of the show. Tuesday night, during a rehearsal Mariah Carey wore a red and white gown and Wednesday night she wore a white glittery gown.

Thousands of people come from around the world to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center each year.

Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales all hosted the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” show Wednesday night and it aired on NBC.

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