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

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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) (Credit: Getty Images)
The Radio City Rockettes perform before the Rockefeller
The Radio City Rockettes perform before the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
It's a holiday season spectacular event as Cee
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) (Credit: AP)
Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart performs before the Rockefeller Center
Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart performs before the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit. (Nov. 28, 2012) (Credit: AP )
Props are put into place ahead of the
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) (Credit: Getty Images)

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Salvation Army volunteer Jessie Rock dances for donations
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Tourists snap photos as preparations are made for
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Props are put into place as preparations are
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Props are put into place as preparations are
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Props are put into place as preparations are
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) (Credit: Getty Images)

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Preparations are made for the annual televised lighting
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
The Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Sheila Hogue, a tourist from Pensacola, Fla., snaps
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
The Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center awaits
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Police stand ready for crowd control at Manhattan's
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
NBC hosts Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie rehearse
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Doormen stand by as preparations are made at
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Preparations are made at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Salvation Army volunteers dance for donations as preparations
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Volunteers of America Santas walk past the Rockefeller
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) (Credit: AP)
Photographers document the Swarovski Star that was attached
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Workmen attach the Swarovski Star to the Rockefeller
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Detail of the Swarovski Star that was attached
Detail of the Swarovski Star that was attached to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. (Nov. 20, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Workmen attach the Swarovski star to the 80-foot-tall
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is suspended
The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is suspended by a crane in preparation to be raised. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: AP)
The Christmas tree is raised above the statue
The Christmas tree is raised above the statue of Prometheus and the ice skating rink in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: AP)
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Workers move the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree into
Workers move the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree into position in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is about to be raised into position in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before
Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before standing it up in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is raised into position in Manhattan. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Workers prepare the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree before
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Joe Balku, who donated the tree, drives a
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) (Credit: Getty Images)
Crews use a crane to hoist a 80
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) (Credit: AP)
Crews cut down an 80 ft. tall, 50
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) (Credit: AP)