Rockin' Around Rockefeller

The annual Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center will take place this year on Wednesday, Dec. 4 featured as a special on its usual NBC live telecast spot. The festivities this year will be hosted by the “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker as they introduce the celebrity of the night, a 77-foot tall, 46-foot wide Norway Spruce from Orange County, New York, will be the 87th tree to light up during the annual holiday celebration. 

At approximately 75 years old, the tree will be decorated with upwards of 50,000 multi-colored LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski star weighing about 900 pounds, with 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals. Truly living up to its status, the tree has a bright future ahead as in the past there have been approximately 800,000 daily visitors in past years. 

The dazzling tree topper matches the star-studded lineup of performers including John Legend, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, NE-YO, Gwen Stefani, Straight No Chaser, Brett Eldredge, Skylar Astin and Alex Newell, and Julianne and Derek Hough. There will also be featured performances by Chicago as well as New York City’s own Radio City Rockettes. Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin will also be making an appearance. 

The tree’s official lighting will take place at 9 p.m. ET. and will be open to public visitation from 6 a.m. ET. to midnight every day until January 17, 2020. After its final day, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to adhere to the holiday seasons’ theme of giving. For those who will not be able to watch the lighting live on NBC, there are streaming options on the NBC app and FuboTV.

Hello, my name is Brooke Simmons and I am a Senior at Saint John Vianney High School. I am co-editor in chief of our school newspaper, Lancers Point as I hold my position through our Journalism class. Furthermore, I have been featured in the school's Literary Magazine as well as being a member of the Early College Academy where I attend classes at Brookdale Community College.

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