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Rockefeller Center Tree-Lighting Ceremony To Kick Off Holiday Season

By Veronika Bondarenko | October 13, 2016 2:34pm | Updated on November 29, 2016 3:39pm
 The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will light up on Nov. 30.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will light up on Nov. 30.
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It's almost time to light the tree again.

The annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 this year with actors Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon helping to flip the switch.

Revelers crowding into Rockefeller Plaza between West 48th and 51st streets from Fifth to Sixth avenues can count on live musical performances from Neil Diamond, Sarah McLaughlan, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly and — as always — the Radio City Rockets. 

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, The Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton & the Hamiltones and Jordan Smith.

This year the tree is a Norway Spruce — which was cut down in Oneonta, New York, on Nov. 10, according to Rockefeller Center. After it arrived at the plaza, it was decorated with more than 50,000 LED lights and topped with a Swarovski star.

It will be on display until Jan. 7, 2017.

If you can't make if out to the plaza for the lighting ceremony, you can watch the 19th annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" broadcast on NBC starting at 8 p.m.

The 2015 tree lighting wasn't all Christmas carols and holiday spirit. Five protesters from a "People's Monday" march were arrested for trying to push past the tree barricade.