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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2017: When and Where to Watch Live, List of Performers, and More

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The annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, November 29, in New York City. Getty Images

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

One of New York City’s biggest holiday traditions, the 2017 Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting, will take place on Wednesday in Rockefeller Center. There will be tens of thousands of people crowding the sidewalks to watch the annual ceremony, and the show will be broadcasted to millions of viewers watching from home.

Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center Tree has been the symbol of Christmas in New York City and to the hundreds of thousands of visitors passing by each day while the tree is on display.

883850448 The annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, November 29, in New York City. Getty Images

The lighting ceremony will be aired live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony was set to be hosted by 'Today' anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker and Matt Lauer. But Lauer has been terminated from his post at NBC News due to sexual misconduct allegations.

Gwen Stefani is set to be one of the many stars who will grace the stage during the ceremony. The “Hollaback Girl” will also be joined by Billboard chart-topping country artist Brett Eldredge, Tony- and Grammy-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Pentatonix, country singer Jennifer Nettles, and classical/pop trio The Tenors.

For those who will see the spectacle in person, the festivities will begin at 7 p.m. ET between West 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues. The ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

And there will be a large crowd, as tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world come to view the lighting each year.

More than 50,000 lights will brighten up the tree this year with a sparkling, stunning Swarovski star at the top. This is Rockefeller Center’s 85th Christmas tree and will be on display until January 7, 2018.

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