On December 2, locals, tourists, and celebrities alike gather to light the nation's largest Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The tradition began during the Great Depression when workers building the art deco skyscraper erected a small holiday tree. Two years later, the completed plaza hosted its first official tree lighting. Nearly 80 years later, Rockefeller Center remains the holiday hearth of the city, bringing light and cheer to busy New Yorkers.
At 7 pm, join hosts Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi, two NBC sitcom stars, to usher in the holidays with skaters, performers, and a few world-class acts. Singing your favorite Christmas carols this year are Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, The Roots, and Shakira.
At the end of the evening, 30,000 lights will be switched on illuminating the 76-foot tall Norway spruce. The tree remains lit everyday from 5:30 am until 11:30 pm until January 7, 2010, except for its 24-hour illumination on Christmas Day and early dimming at 9pm on New Year's Eve.