A man takes a photo of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree at West 49th Street in New York in 2011 (Photo : Reuters)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting is set for tonight on NBC.
The event will see live and pre-taped performances by CeeLo Green, Chris Mann, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Scotty McCreery, Tony Bennett, Trace Adkins, Victoria Justice, and Il Volo.
This year's tree is 80-feet-tall and 50 feet in diameter with an approximate age of 80 years old from Mount Olive, NJ where it survived the impact of Hurricane Sandy last month.
The lighting at Rockefeller Center will feature the Swarovski Star, which comprises of 25,000 crystals with one million facets, weighing in 550 pounds. The tree itself wil have 30,000 multi-colored LED lights.
The tree will be lit everyday from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. except on Christmas Day when it will be lit for 24 hours. The last day to view the Christmas tree will be Jan. 7, 2013. When the tree is taken down, it will turn into lumber for Habitat for Humanity, according to Newsday.
The tree lighting ceremony started back in 1931 and became an annual trend from 1933.
The event will air first on local New York affiliate WNBC at 7 p.m. EST, then nationally on all NBC stations at 8 p.m. EST.