Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks featured in ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’

The annual tree lighting ceremony will feature holiday performances

NBC celebrates the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with Christmas in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 30th from 8-9 pm ET/PT.

NBC’s Today anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb will host the broadcast from New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The special will feature dazzling holiday performances from Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, the Radio City Rockettes and more.

Prior to the primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on select NBC stations from 7-8 pm ET/PT. Check local listings.

The 84th annual tree lighting will feature a 94-foot tall, 56-foot wide Norway spruce from Oneonta, NY. It is approximately 90 years old, weighs approximately 14 tons, and will be decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights.

For the eighth consecutive year, “Green Is Universal” — NBCUniversal’s sustainability initiative in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation — will kick off its annual tree-planting campaign during the Christmas in Rockefeller Center broadcast. This year viewers can “Share a Tree” to a national forest, by using #ShareATree or visiting to create and share an animated holiday story. Each action will contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree-planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal.

Buddy Iahn
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