Tree Lighting at Rock Center

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Get ready for the crowds New Yorker's--the Christmas Season is officially here. Tomorrow night (12/2) the grand tree at Rockefeller Center gets illuminated.The tradition began in 1933 and you can expect hoards of holiday revelers again tomorrow. Festivities begin around 6:45--but get there earlier if you want actually see anything.

The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, with performances from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The two-hour long program features various celebrity appearances and a star-studded musical lineup.

If you want to see the show in the comfort of your own home, NBC is airing it tomorrow night. Hosts will be Jane Krakowski and some dude from the show Chuck. Performers include: Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow (cool!), Shakira (for intl. flair) and more. And here's something cool...This year, NBC Universal through its "Green is Universal initiative," is hosting "Text For Your Tree." Every half hour throughout the TV program viewers will be prompted to text NBCU to have a tree planted on their behalf. The trees will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation, and underwritten by their partners. Additionally, the "Text For Your Tree" promotion will be extended online with an interactive site on both and sites. This partnership is expected to drive awareness for the environment and the Arbor Day Foundation - and help to get up to 500,000 trees planted.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 from 7PM-9PM (tree is lit at 8:55PM)

Rockefeller Center, Rockefeller Plaza (West 48th Street to West 51st Street b/w 5th and 6th Aves)

More Information: 212-632-3975

The tree will be lit daily from 5:30 A.M.-11:30 P.M.; all day on Christmas (24 hours); and from 5:30 A.M.-9 P.M. on New Year's Eve. 

The world's most famous Tree will be on display until January 7th, 2010.

For tips on heading to the event go here.

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