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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up for the season

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony kicked off the holiday season Wednesday night, Nov. 28, 2018, with thousands of lights and crystals, nearly a dozen performers, four TV hosts and a 72-foot-tall Norway spruce nicknamed Shelby.

The "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special on NBC featured performances by John Legend, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Brett Eldredge, Darci Lynne Farmer, Martina McBride, Pentatonix and Kellie Pickler. The Radio City Rockettes and Howie Mandel made special appearances.

If you didn't catch the broadcast, scroll down to see what you missed. The tree will remain on display through Jan. 7.

A 75-year-old Norway spruce nicknamed Shelby from upstate
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A 75-year-old Norway spruce nicknamed Shelby from upstate Wallkill is the centerpiece of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Revelers who lined up as early as 2
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Revelers who lined up as early as 2 p.m. were rewarded with an up-close look at the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Kellie Pickler performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Kellie Pickler performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Billy Porter performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Billy Porter performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Kellie Pickler performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Kellie Pickler performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

From left, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie
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From left, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin of NBC's "Today" show hosted the nationally televised 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Howie Mandel attends the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas
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Howie Mandel attends the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Hundreds of thousands of people braved chilly temperatures
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Hundreds of thousands of people braved chilly temperatures to attend the nationally televised 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

A 72-foot Norway spruce was the star of
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A 72-foot Norway spruce was the star of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit
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The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit with 50,000 multicolored LED lights and topped off with a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star.

People wait for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas
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People wait for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony to begin.

Flags wave around the perimeter of the Rockefeller
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Flags wave around the perimeter of the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The star shines at the top of the
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The star shines at the top of the unlit Norway spruce before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Plaza before
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The statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Snowflakes are among the winter images projected onto
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Snowflakes are among the winter images projected onto the facade of buildings near Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

A woman looks at preparations for the ceremony
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A woman looks at preparations for the ceremony before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Fifth Avenue is closed to all motor traffic
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Fifth Avenue is closed to all motor traffic but buses before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Crowds brave chilly temperatures before the 2018 Rockefeller
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Crowds brave chilly temperatures before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Spectators wait for the start of the 2018
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Spectators wait for the start of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting and the performances preceding the ceremony.

Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Snowflakes are among the winter images projected onto
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Snowflakes are among the winter images projected onto the facade of buildings near Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

A woman walks up Fifth Avenue wearing Christmas
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A woman walks up Fifth Avenue wearing Christmas lights near Rockefeller Plaza ahead of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Snowflakes are among the winter images projected onto
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Snowflakes are among the winter images projected onto the facade of buildings near Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Plaza before
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The statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

A 72-foot-tall, 75-year-old Norway spruce nicknamed Shelby is
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

A 72-foot-tall, 75-year-old Norway spruce nicknamed Shelby is the centerpiece of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Spectators are treated to a light show outside
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Spectators are treated to a light show outside Saks Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Crowds wait for the performances preceding the 2018
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Crowds wait for the performances preceding the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

People on the upper floors of 30 Rockefeller
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People on the upper floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza watch the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Crowds wait for the performances preceding the 2018
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Crowds wait for the performances preceding the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Crowds brave chilly temperatures to wait for the
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Crowds brave chilly temperatures to wait for the performances preceding the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center
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Preparations are seen before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Thousands gather for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas
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Thousands gather for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The Radio City Rockettes perform during the 2018
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The Radio City Rockettes perform during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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