Tonight: Hang With Famouses, Toast The Tree At Rockefeller Center

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.
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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.
No worries if you can't make it to midtown Manhattan tonight. The event, hosted by Al Roker, will be broadcast on NBC from 7 to 9 p.m. Now, watching the tree lighting in our sweats from the couch is totally a holiday tradition we could get behind. (NBC)
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