Rockinaround the Christmas tree: Rockefeller tree lit up

Rockin' around the Christmas tree: Rockefeller tree lit up
The holly, jolly, best time of the year has gotten a light-filled launch

The holly, jolly, best time of the year got a light-filled launch on Wednesday, when the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was officially turned on.

The 79-foot (24-meter) Norway spruce, covered with more than 50,000 lights in a rainbow of colors and bearing a crystal-covered, 900-pound (400-kilogram) 星星, was lit in a midtown 曼哈顿 ceremony again open to the public, in contrast with last year’s virus-impacted event.

The lighting was televised on 美国全国广播公司 and hosted by NBC “Todayanchors Al Roker Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin. Among the musical performances were Harry Connick Jr., Norah Jones, Brad Paisley and Alessia Cara. The high-kicking Radio City Rockettes were also part of the celebration.

This year’s tree came from Elkton, 马里兰州 where it stood for more than 80 years outside a family home.

The first Christmas tree was placed in Rockefeller Center by men working there in 1931.

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