Brett Eldredge will ringing in the Christmas season primetime-style this year, taking part in NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center on December 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Using his country-meets-classic-pop vocal just as he did on 2016’s Glow Christmas album — and with this year’s Glow Live Tour — Eldredge will help NBC and company light up the most famous Christmas tree in the nation. Also taking the cheerful stage are a lineup filled with stars, including John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Idina Menzel, Chicago, Derek & Julianne Hough, Lea Michele, NE-YO, Straight No Chaser and Skylar Astin & Alex Newell from NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, plus appearances by Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and the Radio City Rockettes. NBC Today anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, Al Roker will host merry-making special, which is one of the oldest still-running TV traditions.
According to a statement released by NBC, the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back 1931 during the Great Depression, with the first official tree-lighting ceremony taking place two years later in 1933. NBC televised the lighting for the first time in 1951, and this year’s broadcast will mark the event’s 87th annual holiday special.
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It’s here! 🌟 The dazzling 9-foot-4-inch Swarovski Star has officially been raised onto the 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. See it be lit for the first time on December 4 on Rockefeller Plaza. The tree will remain lit and on display through Friday, January 17, 2020.
The 2019 version of the massive tree is a 77-foot tall, 46-foot wide Norway Spruce from Village of Florida in Orange County, N.Y., approximately 70-75 years old and weighing about 12 tons. It will be decked out in over 50,000 multi-colored LEDs and will be topped with a glittering Swarovski star, and after the tree leaves Rockefeller Center, it will be milled into lumber for donation to Habitat for Humanity and used to build homes in the region.
The Christmas in Rockefeller Center special is actually pre-taped, and Eldredge’s Glow Live Tour kicks off the same day it airs (December 4) as part of a two-night stand in Nashville. He’ll visit six more cities through December 21 in Chicago.