Rockin' around the Christmas tree: Rockefeller tree lit up

·1-min read
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The holly, jolly, best time of the year got a light-filled launch on Wednesday, when the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was officially turned on.

The 79-foot (24-meter) Norway spruce, covered with more than 50,000 lights in a rainbow of colors and bearing a crystal-covered, 900-pound (400-kilogram) star, was lit in a midtown Manhattan ceremony again open to the public, in contrast with last year's virus-impacted event.

The lighting was televised on NBC and hosted by NBC “Today" anchors Al Roker Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin. Among the musical performances were Harry Connick Jr., Norah Jones, Brad Paisley and Alessia Cara. The high-kicking Radio City Rockettes were also part of the celebration.

This year's tree came from Elkton, Maryland where it stood for more than 80 years outside a family home.

The first Christmas tree was placed in Rockefeller Center by men working there in 1931.

Read More

$71M fund set up for victims of NY doctor charged with abuse

Thanksgiving football, Big 10 rivalry game score in ratings

Chris Cuomo calls CNN suspension ‘embarrassing’ but ‘I understand it’

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting