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Everything You Need to Know About the 85th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

Everything You Need to Know About the 85th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

The unofficial start of the holiday season begins when the tree at Rockefeller Center is lit.


The 85th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 8-9pm, according to a press release from NBCUniversal.

Performers for this year’s ceremony include Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton, Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix, country singers Brett Eldredge and Jennifer Nettles, and more.

The 75-foot Norway spruce tree arrived in New York on Saturday, Nov. 11 from State College, PA. It weighs approximately 13 tons and is around 80 years old. Before the ceremony, the tree will be adorned with more than 50,000 multicolored LED lights and will be topped with a Swarovski star with 25,000 crystals and one million facets. 

NBCUniversal is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation for a ninth year for the Green Is Universal holiday campaign. This year’s efforts support planting trees in areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that devastated Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean a few months ago. Viewers can #ShareaTree on the Green Is Universal website Nov. 27-Dec. 25 to help meet the goal of planting 25,000 trees.



The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC and hosted by Today Show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker. After the tree lighting ceremony, the Rockefeller Center Tree will remain lit and on display until Jan. 7, 2018 at 9pm. Visiting hours are daily from 5:30am-11:30pm. The Rockefeller Center Tree is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown. For more information, visit rockefellercenter.com/holidays.


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