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Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony 2013: Time, channel and performer list

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The Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony goes off on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and this year a Connecticut spruce dons Manhattan’s famous festivities. Shelton Connecticut has sent its second Christmas tree in six years to New York City’s Rockefeller Center for one of the nation’s most famous holiday traditions.

According to ENSTAR on Dec. 2, this Christmas tradition is televised every year and big name performers will once again round out the night of the tree lighting ceremony. The show starts at 8 p.m. ET and will air on NBC.
The performers included in Wednesday night show are:

* ET. Ashanti and Alaina will perform only in the 7-8 p.m. ET hour airing on select NBC stations.

*From 8-9 p.m. the following will perform:
Leona Lewis
Audra McDonald
Alauren Alaina
Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton
Mariah Carey
Kelly Clarkson
Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds
Goo Goo Dolls
Ariana Grande
Jewel
The Rockettes.

NBC-TV has a long relationship with the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony. It first televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951. That happened during “The Kate Smith Show.” It went on to be an icon as part of the nationwide “Howdy Doody” television show from 1953-55.

If you go to Rockefeller Center for the tree lighting ceremony be ready for a crowd, but you can watch it from the comfort of your living room as it is broadcast live at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 on NBC. The pre-show starts at 7 p.m.

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