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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual lighting ceremony in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Scores gathered Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting ceremony for the 80-year-old spruce at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The 45,000 lights on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce were lit during a celebration televised on NBC and hosted by Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual lighting ceremony in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual lighting ceremony in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual lighting ceremony in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual lighting ceremony in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Radio City Rockettes perform before the Rockefeller
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The Radio City Rockettes perform before the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012)

It's a holiday season spectacular event as Cee
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It's a holiday season spectacular event as Cee Lo Green performs with the Muppets before the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart performs before the Rockefeller Center
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Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart performs before the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Props are put into place ahead of the
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Props are put into place ahead of the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. After two weeks of preparation, the 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot high Norwegian spruce Wednesday evening. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Salvation Army volunteer Jessie Rock dances for donations
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Salvation Army volunteer Jessie Rock dances for donations as preparations are made for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Tourists snap photos as preparations are made for
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Tourists snap photos as preparations are made for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Props are put into place as preparations are
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Props are put into place as preparations are made for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Props are put into place as preparations are
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Props are put into place as preparations are made for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Props are put into place as preparations are
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Props are put into place as preparations are made for the annual televised lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Preparations are made for the annual televised lighting
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Preparations are made for the annual televised lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits
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The Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits lighting Wednesday afternoon. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening during a celebration televised on NBC and hosted by Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Sheila Hogue, a tourist from Pensacola, Fla., snaps
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Sheila Hogue, a tourist from Pensacola, Fla., snaps photos as the Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits lighting Wednesday afternoon. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening during an annual celebration televised on NBC and hosted by Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

The Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits
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The Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits lighting Wednesday afternoon. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening during a celebration televised on NBC and hosted by Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. The tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Police stand ready for crowd control at Manhattan's
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Police stand ready for crowd control at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening, and the tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

NBC hosts Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie rehearse
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NBC hosts Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie rehearse as preparations are made for the annual televised lighting of the Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for
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Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening, and the tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Doormen stand by as preparations are made at
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Doormen stand by as preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening, and the tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for
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Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening, and the tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for
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Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for the annual televised lighting of the Christmas tree. The 45,000 lights will be lit on the 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce in the evening, and the tree will remain lit every evening until Jan. 7. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Salvation Army volunteers dance for donations as preparations
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Salvation Army volunteers dance for donations as preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for the annual televised lighting of the Christmas tree. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Volunteers of America Santas walk past the Rockefeller
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Volunteers of America Santas walk past the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree during their 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade. The donations they raise are used for a holiday food voucher program for needy residents. (Nov. 23, 2012)

Photographers document the Swarovski Star that was attached
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Photographers document the Swarovski Star that was attached to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The star consists of 25,000 crystals with 1 million facets, is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds. (Nov. 20, 2012)

Workmen attach the Swarovski Star to the Rockefeller
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Workmen attach the Swarovski Star to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The star consists of 25,000 crystals with 1 million facets, is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds. (Nov. 20, 2012)

Detail of the Swarovski Star that was attached
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Detail of the Swarovski Star that was attached to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. (Nov. 20, 2012)

Workmen attach the Swarovski star to the 80-foot-tall
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Workmen attach the Swarovski star to the 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in Manhattan as people skate on the ice rink below. (Nov. 20, 2012)

The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is suspended
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The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is suspended by a crane in preparation to be raised. (Nov. 14, 2012)

The Christmas tree is raised above the statue
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The Christmas tree is raised above the statue of Prometheus and the ice skating rink in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. (Nov. 14, 2012)

People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is raised into position in Manhattan. It weighs about 10 tons, measures 80 feet tall and is 50 feet in diameter. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Workers move the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree into
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Workers move the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree into position in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012)

People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is about to be raised into position in Manhattan. The tree was donated by Joe Balku of Flanders, N.J. (Nov. 14, 2012)

People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is about to be raised into position in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before
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Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before standing it up in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012)

People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is raised into position in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before
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Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before standing it up in New York City. The tree, an 80-year old Norway Spruce, was donated by Joe Balku of Flanders, New Jersey. It weighs approximately 10 tons, measures 80 feet tall and is 50 feet in diameter. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Joe Balku, who donated the tree, drives a
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Joe Balku, who donated the tree, drives a stake into the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before workers stood it up on in New York City. The tree, an 80-year old Norway Spruce, was donated Balku of Flanders, New Jersey. It weighs approximately 10 tons, measures 80 feet tall and is 50 feet in diameter. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Crews use a crane to hoist a 80
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Crews use a crane to hoist a 80 ft. tall, 50 ft. diameter, 10-ton Norway Spruce tree from its base at the home of Joseph Balku in Flanders, N.J.. The tree will be laid onto a flatbed truck and transported to New York City where it will be this years Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. (Nov. 13, 2012)

Crews cut down an 80 ft. tall, 50
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Crews cut down an 80 ft. tall, 50 ft. diameter, 10-ton Norway Spruce tree that will this years Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree at the home of Joseph Balku in Flanders, N.J.. The tree survived the winds of Superstorm Sandy that left a path of destruction in this New Jersey town and left Balku without electricity for weeks. (Nov. 14, 2012)

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