Leona Lewis, Lauren Alaina Added to Christmas in Rockefeller Center

Lauren Alaina, Leona Lewis and more have been added to the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special airing on NBC December 4.

Leona (X Factor UK alum) and Lauren will perform during the 7 pm et hour, airing in the New York area and select markets across the country.

Check the schedule below to see if your city is included.

Press Release


Lewis, McDonald, Alaina and Ashanti join previously announced performers Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel.

NEW YORK, NY – Dec. 2, 2013 – NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center® in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 4 (8-9 p.m. ET). The star-studded holiday special is hosted by “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, and will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jewel, Leona Lewis, Audra McDonald and The Rockettes. McDonald also stars in “The Sound of Music Live!” on NBC, airing Dec. 5 (8-11p.m. ET). Ashanti and Alaina will perform only in the 7-8 p.m. ET hour airing on select NBC stations.

The 81st annual holiday extravaganza will feature a 76-foot Norway Spruce that is 47 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 12 tons. The tree is estimated to be about 75 years old. More than 45,000 energy-efficient multi-colored LED lights will be strung to decorate the tree, topped with a 9 ½ foot wide LED-lit Swarovski crystal star.

The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to the Great Depression. First erected in 1933, the inaugural tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building (the current GE Building). The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on “The Kate Smith Show” and as part of the nationwide “Howdy Doody” television show from 1953-55.

Prior to this year’s primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special (7-8 p.m. ET) will be broadcast by the following NBC stations:

  • WNBC/New York
  • WCAU/Philadelphia;
  • WAVY/Norfolk, Va.
  • KSNV/Las Vegas
  • WBBH/Fort Myers, Fla.
  • KHNL/Honolulu, Hawaii
  • WCSH/Portland, Maine
  • WNWO/Toledo, Ohio
  • WALB/Albany, Ga.
  • WTWC/Tallahassee, Fla.
  • WVIR/Charlottesville, Va.
  • WETM/Elmira, N.Y.
  • WLBZ/Bangor, Maine
  • WBOY/Clarksburg, W.Va.
  • WGBC/Meridian, Miss.
  • KHBC/Hilo, Hawaii
  • KOGG/Wailuku, Hawaii
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