Christmas in Rockefeller Center Airs At 8PM EST on NBC

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2012

If you’ve been wanting some of that Christmas spirit to spread around the family you can probably just turn on the TV tonight. The Christmas event in NYC will be nationally televised on NBC. If you’ve been wondering what time does the Rockefeller Christmas Tree event start? The production is called Christmas in Rockefeller Center and will come on at 8PM EST, 7PM CST, 6PM MST, 5PM PST.

Many celebrities and stars will be attending the Rockefeller Christmas event and be featured throughout the night. People like The Voice’s CeeLo Green, Mariah Carey, Country Star Trace Adkins, Rod Stewart, Chris Mann and Victoria Justice. There will also be announcers and comedians with Billy Crystal lending a hand and Bette Midler showing up for the party too.

The event has been going on in New York City since 1933 when the Rockefeller Christmas tree was first put up. It was a crowning achievement then to show off the power of electricity and the availability of it. The first tree had 700 lights and was put in front of what is now the GE building. The building used to be the RCA music production company.

This will be the 80th time an extremely large and decorated tree is erected in NYC. The tree of choice this year is a Norway Spruce that is about 80 foot tall and 50 foot around. If you wanted to pick the tree up or even move it with small equipment it would be near impossible. The total weight of this tree is almost 10 tons.

While it may be the 80th Rockefeller Christmas tree it is only the 15th time that it has been broadcasted on national television. Christmas in Rockefeller Center is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. The NYC Christmas Tree is typically referred to as The Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The Rockefeller Center says about this years tree on their site, “There may be no holiday highlight quite like The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Giant in stature and sentiment, the Tree has been a true crowd-delighter for over 75 years. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony attracts star-studded names and floods of eager faces, but you can admire those brilliant lights all season long. Best of all, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is now greener than ever and celebrates the holidays in true eco-friendly spirit.”

We’ll provide Christmas lighting videos from previous Rockefeller televised events below so you can get an idea of what you’ll be seeing.

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Live at Rockefeller Center 2012)

Mariah Carey – Christmas Time Is The Air Again (Live at Rockefeller Center 2012)

Charice – Christmas on Rockefeller Center – FULL VERSION

Christmas In Rockefeller Center (2010)

The 78th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on November 30, 2010 from 7-9 p.m. This annual event is televised and features musical performances from a variety of popular artists. Typically, the Radio City Rockettes perform and there are also ice skaters performing in the Rockefeller Ice Rink.

The divas came out in full force for this airing of NBC’s annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center special. Some of the performances were live, while others were taped a few weeks back. One particularly painful technical glitch, if you caught the show on east coast: Boy II Men’s “This Christmas” backing track kept playing when Charice was supposed to belt out “Jingle Bell Rock.” It all got sorted out in the end, but that was possibly the longest 45 seconds ever on television. Watch Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle, Annie Lennox, Jackie Evancho, Jessica Simpson and Charice.

Mariah Carey opens the special with “Oh Santa”. Hmmm—are we thinking there was a bit of lip-syncing going on here?

Kylie looks like a frosty fox while singing “Santa Baby”.

Just as she did on the Today Show, Susan Boyle enlists the help of the Hudson River Children’s Choir, this time for her performance of “Away In A Manger”.

Thirty-year-old Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins duets with her 10-year-old American counterpart, Jackie Evancho, on “Silent Night”.

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is given a rousing makeover by Annie Lennox.

The East Coast taping was plagued with technical problems so the West Coast feed of the performance of “Jingle Bell Rock” by Charice and David Foster was cleaned-up.

Finally, Jessica Simpson sings “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” with active Petty Officer John Wesley Britt Of Tennessee.

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