Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett to Perform on NBC's Christmas Tree Lighting Special
NBC has announced the lineup for its annual Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Among the performers on the live broadcast: Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Katharine McPhee (Smash), Javier Colon (winner of The Voice) and the Radio City Rockettes. They will be performing classic and modern day holiday songs on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 8-9 p.m. on NBC with co-hosts Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie.
The event will showcase a Norway Spruce tree measuring 74 feet in height, 46 feet in diameter and weighing 10 tons.
The event dates back to 1933, when the first tree was lit up in front of the RCA Building, now known as the GE Building. The Christmas tree lighting event was updated in 1936 with the outdoor ice-skating rink in the Rockefeller Center. NBC broadcast the event for the first time on The Kate Smith Show and as a part of Howdy Doody from 1953-55.
This year, WNBC and other NBC affiliates will broadcast a one-hour show prior to the special from 7-8 p.m. ET, which will feature performances by the show's stars and Megan Hilty, McPhee's Smash co-star.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center is produced by Brad Lachman Productions. Lachman serves as executive producer, with Bill Bracken as producer.