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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, November 30, 2011.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, November 30, 2011. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, November 30, 2011. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tree lighting

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Thanksgiving's over and now it's time to get ready for the holiday season! And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree?! Stop by Rockefeller Plaza this Wednesday for an evening of performances and to see the massive tree from Jersey all lit up with a Swarovski star at its top. If you can't make it out on Wednesday, the tree will be up until Jan. 7. (Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Rockefeller Plaza, between W. 48th and W. 51st St. and Fifth and Sixth Ave.,

CD signing

Billy Ray Cyrus
Don't tell your heart, your achy, breaky heart but country star Billy Ray Cyrus will be at Barnes & Noble TriBeCa this Wednesday performing and signing copies of his new CD, "Change My Mind." So stop by for some heart-mending if you need it, and even if you don't. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble TriBeCa, 97 Warren St., 212-587-5389,


Kevin McHugh
What could fish and shark sculptures have in common with Pucci? Artist Kevin McHugh, that's what. McHugh, known for his fish and shark sculptures, will unveil his new exhibition of Pucci-inspired works at The Out NYC this weekend. Each of the six works is made of fiberglass and is adorned with Swarovski crystals. Check 'em out! (Saturday and Sunday, FREE, The Out NYC, 510 W. 42nd St.,,

Holiday festivities

Gingerbread Extravaganza inspired by 'Landmarks Around the World'
There's not much out there that says Christmas quite like gingerbread houses. Venture by Le Parker Meridien's annual holiday display to gaze mouthwateringly at the over-the-top gingerbread masterpieces from various NYC bakeries and restaurants, depicting "Landmarks Around the World." The display will be on exhibit in the atrium of the hotel starting this Saturday through Jan. 3. (Opens Saturday, FREE to view, $1 to vote, Le Parker Meridien, 119 W. 56th St., 212-245-5000,

Book signing

Broadway Panhandler Demonstrations & Conversations Series
Getting to taste the food you're reading about definitely makes a cookbook signing more exciting. And that's exactly what you'll get to do this Sunday afternoon as award-winning New York Chef Seamus Mullen signs copies of his new cookbook, "Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better." Mullen will demonstrate and discuss a recipe from his new book and then you'll be able to try the tasty results after. So come with an appetite. (Sunday, 3-5 p.m., FREE, Broadway Panhandler, 65 E. 8th St., 212-966-3434,

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