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2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

It's officially Christmas time! The Rockefeller Center Tree has been lit!



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And nothing says 'Christmas' more than the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center.

Thousands of people jammed into midtown Manhattan to watch the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch Wednesday night, illuminating the 75-foot-tall, 12-plus ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored solar powered lights.

The 85th annual ceremony was televised by NBC and included live performances by Brett Eldredge, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Train, Harry Connick Jr. and the Radio City Rockettes.

One notable absence this year was NBC host Matt Lauer, who was abruptly fired on Wednesday for “inappropriate sexual behavior” with a colleague.

The holiday tradition started in 1931. This year’s tree came from State College, Pennsylvania. The tree will stay lit until January 7th and after the holidays, it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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