Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to be lighted

Minnie Caruth, of Dallas, photographs the 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree as its raised by crane on Rockefeller Plaza, in New York, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The 85-foot Norway Spruce was donated by Dan Sigafoos and Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos, of Danville, Pa. The 82nd annual tree, decorated with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights is scheduled to be lit during ceremonies Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — The heart of Manhattan will soon be ablaze with 45,000 LED lights gracing an 85-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

On Wednesday evening, the air will reverberate with the voices of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and other music stars for the nationwide live broadcast.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to stand behind police barricades to watch the annual spectacle.

Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center tree has represented Christmas in New York City.

The lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on 27 KSNT starting at 7 p.m. CST.

The Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania will be on display through Jan. 7.


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