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The Rockefeller Center Tree is now lit for the season! (slide show)

Families braved the crowds in midtown (or watched on television at home!) as the city's most popular holiday tree was lit.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Leona Lewis performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Leona Lewis performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Goo Goo Dolls performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Mary J. Blige performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Jewel performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013Jewel performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Lauren Alaina performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Rockettes performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013


Now it's really starting to feel like Christmas! Last night, during a star-studded ceremony, the famous 76-foot-tall holiday tree in Rockefeller Center was lit for the season. Before the 45,000 LEDs were turned on, though, tons of stars—everyone from the Rockettes to Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey—performed. (The Today show's Matt Lauer, Savanah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales hosted the celebration.)

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The spruce, which was topped with a 9.5-foot-wide Swarvoski star, will be on display in midtown through January 7. Scroll through our slide show to get a look of the ceremony, then plan a trip to Rock Center (be prepared for some big crowds!) to see the tree in person.


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