Thousands of people will gather this Wednesday, December 3 to witness The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting her in New York City, a time-honored tradition that has been going on for almost 100 years.
NBC will be broadcasting the event live starting at 7 P.M. (EST) with a 1-hour pre-show special followed by the actual tree lighting ceremony at 8 P.M. (EST).
Those who want to watch in person the ceremony is open to the public and takes place between West 48 and West 51, between 5th and 6th avenues.
It is a first-come, first-serve basis as far as viewing spots go so its best to get there before 7 P.M. (EST) as the crowds are expected to be large.
The wildly popular trio of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker, who were a huge success hosting the Thanksgiving Day Parade will be hosting the show along with their fellow NBC Today co-host Natalie Morales.
In addition to the lighting of the tree there is also a huge line-up of celebrities scheduled to perform, including Darius Rucker and The Rockettes, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Idina Menzel, Cyndi Lauper featuring Billy Porter and more.
Mariah Carey will kick off the ceremony at 8 P.M. (EST) singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
For many, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting signals that the Christmas season is officially here.
This year’s tree is a 90 year old 85-foot Norway Spruce from Hemlock Township, PA.
The tree will be on display through January 7, 2015 for those who want to see it in person during the holiday season.
Will you be watching the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting? Tell us if you’ll be watching and where in the comments section below.