Dolly Parton, Gwen Stefani to Perform as Part of 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting: Here’s How to Watch

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It shall be a unique sort of Christmas in Rockefeller Center this 12 months. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there shall be no crowds on-site to observe the 2020 tree lighting ceremony. But the annual occasion shall be broadcast stay on NBC, so you possibly can benefit from the spectacle from the security (and luxury) of your personal house.

Dolly Parton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, and others to carry out in the course of the 2020 Rockefeller Center tree lighting 

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Dolly Parton | Stacie Huckeba/Butterfly Records LLC

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This 12 months’s Dec. 2 tree lighting ceremony options an all-star lineup of performers. Queen of Country Dolly Parton will staff up with late-night host Jimmy Fallon, whereas Meghan Trainor will carry out with Earth, Wind & Fire. The Voice’s Gwen Stefani — who launched the brand new vacation single “Here This Christmas” earlier this 12 months — will even carry out, together with Kelly Clarkson, Goo Goo Dolls, Brett Eldredge, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, and Dan + Shay. Plus, the solid of the Tony Award-winning musical “Ain’t Too Proud” will carry out a musical quantity. The Radio City Rockettes will even make an look.

Not each performer at this 12 months’s ceremony shall be in New York City, nevertheless. Parton, Stefani, Pentatonix, and Trainor will all carry out at totally different areas across the U.S. Today anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker will host. 

How to observe ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’

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Christmas in Rockefeller Center | NBC

NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center particular will air Wednesday, Dec. 2 from eight to 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT, NBC-owned stations and plenty of associates will broadcast an extra hour of the particular hosted by Access Hollywood’s Mario Lopez and NBC4 New York’s Natalie Pasquarella and David Ushery.

NBC’s custom of broadcasting the tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Plaza dates again to 1951, when the occasion was first televised on The Kate Smith Show. But the follow of putting a tree outdoors Rockefeller Center really started twenty years earlier, in the course of the Great Depression. A tree was first positioned on the plaza in 1931, and the tree lighting ceremony was launched in 1933. 

This 12 months’s tree is a 75-foot tall Norway Spruce that weighs roughly 11 tons. It shall be embellished with 50,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski star. For every gentle, NBCUniversal will plant a tree in areas affected by wildfires, hurricanes, and different pure disasters. The tree will proceed to offer again after the vacation season, when it will likely be milled into lumber for donation to Habitat for Humanity.

‘Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes’ additionally airs Dec. 2 

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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes | Ali Goldstein/NBC

The vacation celebration on NBC gained’t finish with the tree lighting. The Rockettes will make an look in the course of the tree lightning ceremony, however you’ll be capable of see extra of the high-kicking dance group in the course of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, which airs at 10 p.m. ET, instantly after Christmas in Rockefeller Center. 

The particular was recorded at Radio City Music Hall and can function appearances and vacation messages from Jenna Dewan, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Carla Hall, Padma Lakshmi, and John Legend. 

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