Tonight, everyone, is the night. The night of the 79th annual Rockefeller Center tree lighting. Bust out your hot chocolate, throw some chestnuts onto an open fire, and get your wish-list ready. The holiday season is officially, officially upon us.
This year's tree is a tri-state native, from Morris County, New Jersey. It stands 80 feet high, has a 50-foot circumference, and weighs about 10 tons — definitely putting our family's Christmas tree to shame.
At 8 p.m., the tree's 45,000 LED lights will be flipped on, the Swarovski star on top will shine, and magpies across the nation will let out a collective "oohhh."
If you want to fight the crowds for a first glimpse at the tree, get to Rockefeller Center (5th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets) early— probably as soon as you're done reading this.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature appearances from Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green, Scotty McCreery, Victoria Justice, Trace Adkins, the Muppets, and of course, the Rockettes.
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