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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice skating rink, 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is tonight

Written by
Jaz Joyner
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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your 13 tons of branches. No, seriously—this year's tree at Rockefeller Center weighs approximately 13 tons and is 85 feet tall, which is all the more reason to head to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree-Lighting tonight at 7pm to see the ginormous holiday spectacle in person. You may be going for the lights, but you can also catch musical performances by prominent artists including Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel and of course the merry Rockettes.

In case you're worried this tree is going to waste after all the festivities, don't you fret: The evergreen will be made into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity after it is taken town, and eventually help create a home for someone in need. So go be dazzled by one of New York's most striking traditions guilt-free. 

And in case you can't make it tonight, the tree will stay lit from 5:30am–11:30pm each day until 8pm January 7.

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