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Carrie Underwood, Harry Connick Jr. celebrate Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Rockefeller Center rang in the holidays with its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York City.

Carrie Underwood, Harry Connick Jr., Mickey Guyton, Alessia Cara, Brad Paisley and other artists took part in the event Wednesday, which was hosted by Today co-anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Al Roker.


Underwood performed “Let There Be Peace” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in a pre-recorded set from Nashville.

Connick was on site in New York to perform “(It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus” and “Silent Night.”

Guyton performed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “O Holy Night,” while Paisley delivered a rendition of “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy.”

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The event culminated with the lighting of this year’s tree, a 79-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce. The 85-year-old tree was decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights strung on over five miles of wire.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony aired on NBC and is available to stream on Peacock.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio turns on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights for the first time at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI | License Photo
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