Every year we set our TVs to record the classics: Hallmark's Christmas movie line-up, A Charlie Brown's Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and Lifetime's Christmas movies among others. And even though by then our DVRs are filled to the brim with holiday cheer, there's one event we always have to watch live — the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony. If you're wondering how to watch the Rockefeller Center tree lighting this year, our guide has you covered — no matter where you live.
When is the Rockefeller Center tree lighting?
If you happen to be in Manhattan and you're willing to battle crowds and the cold, you can head to Rockefeller Center and be there in person for the lighting of the 75-foot tall, 50-foot wide Norway Spruce tree, which was grown in State College, Pennsylvania. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be prepared to get there early!
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But the rest of us at home don't have to miss out on the festivities! To mark the 85th tree lighting ceremony, NBC is broadcasting a live special called "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Viewers will see performances from Brett Eldredge, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, and The Tenors. Harry Connick Jr., Train, Seal, and Moana star Auli'i Cravahlo are also late additions to the line-up, according to People. TODAY show anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker will play hosts again.
The TODAY show anchors in 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Last year, the TODAY show gang also hosted NBC's tree-lighting special. Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Kelly, and the Radio City Rockettes entertained the crowd. Country legends Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and Dolly Parton were highlights of the 2016 Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Though last year's line-up is certainly hard to top, we'd bet this year the tree lighting will be a blast as usual. And considering the roughly 80-year-old tree will be adorned with more than 50,000 LED lights before being topped off with a Swarovski star made of more then 25,000 crystals, we doubt anyone in the room — or Manhattan for that matter — will miss any of the tree's sparkle!