Get ready for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 4 when NBC airs the big event live on "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" in a one-hour special that features performances by Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson and other popular music artists.
NBC will carry the 81st lighting of the tree live from New York City at 8 p.m. on NBC, making this one-hour special must-see TV.
The spectacular tree that will grace Rockefeller Center throughout the holiday season is a 75-year-old, 76-foot-tall Norway spruce that was donated by Louise and John Vargoshe of Shelton, Conn
Measuring 47 feet in diameter, a crew has been hard at work decorating the tree since it arrived in NYC last Friday.
When the lights are turned on, onlookers in New York City and those watching the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" on television will see the tree decked out in 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped by a beautiful Swarovski crystal star that is 9.5 feet tall.
The show one hour live show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel. Some of the acts will be live and some were taped prior to the show.
The 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is located at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th /6th Avenues in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit between 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and for 24 hours on Christmas Day.
What happens to the tree once the holiday season is over? It will be on display through Jan. 7, 2014. After that, the tree will then be milled into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.