Starting 5: Impeachment, 'Saturday Night Live,' France on Strike, Art Basel And An Avicii Tribute Concert

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is so yesterday. Tonight we'll be watching the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. The new tree, a Colorado blue spruce, is less than half the height of its 77-foot cousin in New York, but its thousands of bulbs are sure to give Clark Griswold a run for his money.

Here's what else you need to know today:

Town Crier

Presidential candidates aren't the only Democrats who can hold televised town halls. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking the microphone tonight on CNN, answering voters' questions from 9 p.m. ET. The event comes just a day after the House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing, and should give a clearer understanding on whether Pelosi wants to finalize impeachment proceedings before the end of the year.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly news conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty

Strike a Blow

I hope you aren't planning to go to France today because it could be absolute mayhem. Enough workers across the country plan to strike today that the country could come to a standstill. Air France staff, air traffic controllers and workers for the national train service and the Paris metro will be skipping work for days to come as they protest President Emmanuel Macron's pension reforms. Best to check with your airline or train service if you were expecting to be eating freshly-baked croissants this weekend.

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Gare de Lyon railway station as train drivers strike on on March 22, 2018. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

Christmas Time is Here

This week's cold open is coming a few days early thanks to A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special. The iconic sketch show will jump aboard Santa's sleigh and revisit some of the best holiday-themed sketches from the show's 45 seasons. And don't worry if you miss tonight's show, it'll be repeated on December 23 while SNL returns to its normal time this weekend with Jennifer Lopez hosting.

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Comedian Eddie Murphy plays a dubious Santa Claus in a sketch for "Saturday Night Live." Jacques M. Chenet/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images/Getty

State of The Art

Art Basel Miami is back again for its 18th year, showcasing the best of the best in Modern and contemporary art. Last year, a record 83,000 artists, art dealers, collectors and connoisseurs descended on Miami Beach's Convention Center and it's only expected to get bigger this year. Over four days, more than 200 galleries will display work by 4,000 artists and a new sector, "Meridians," will be a home for large-scale installations and performances. Make sure you don't miss these works.

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Guests attend the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP Preview 2019 at Miami Beach Convention Center on December 04, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida. Cindy Ord/Getty Images/Getty

In Memoriam

The music world was shocked last year when Swedish DJ and producer Avicii died at the age of 28. Now, 20 performers, including Rita Ora and Adam Lambert, will take part in the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness in Stockholm tonight. Funds raised will go towards efforts to destigmatize mental health issues and for suicide prevention. The concert's 55,000 seats sold out within 30 minutes, but viewers abroad can watch on Avicii's YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Avicii performs on stage during Hard Rock Rising Festival on July 25, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Xavi Torrent/WireImage/Getty
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