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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting: See photos

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony welcomed the holidays Wednesday night, Nov. 28, 2018, with thousands of lights and crystals, nearly a dozen performers, four TV hosts and a 72-foot-tall Norway spruce nicknamed Shelby.

The "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special on NBC featured performances by John Legend, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Brett Eldredge, Darci Lynne Farmer, Martina McBride, Pentatonix and Kellie Pickler. The Radio City Rockettes and Howie Mandel made special appearances.

If you didn't catch the broadcast, scroll down to see what you missed. The tree will remain on display through Jan. 7.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Brett Eldredge
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Singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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"America's Got Talent" winner Darci Lynne Farmer, 14, sings during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: (l-r) Diana
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Diana Krall and Tony Bennett rehearse for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Martina McBride
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Martina McBride sings during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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A New York City Ballet troupe performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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Pentatonix sings during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Ella Mai
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English singer-songwriter Ella Mai rehearses for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Billy Porter
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Billy Porter, of the musical drama, "Pose," performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Rob Thomas
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Singer-songwriter Rob Thomas performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Diana Ross
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Diana Ross performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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A 75-year-old Norway spruce, nicknamed Shelby, from upstate Wallkill is the centerpiece of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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Revelers who lined up as early as 2 p.m. were rewarded with an up-close look at the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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Kellie Pickler performs during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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NBC's "Today" show hosts kept the ceremony moving at the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. They are, from left, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin.

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Howie Mandel attends the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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Hundreds of thousands of people came out to attend the nationally televised 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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A 72-foot Norway spruce was the star of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree glows with 50,000 multicolored LED lights, topped with a Swarovski crystal star.

People wait for the festivities to begin. Preparations
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Spectators wait for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony to begin.

The star at the top of the tree.
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A Swarovski crystal star shines at the top of the unlit Norway spruce before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

A woman looks at preparations for the Rockefeller
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A woman watches preparations for the ceremony before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

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Fifth Avenue is closed to all motor traffic but buses before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

People wait for the festivities to begin. Preparations
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Spectators came dressed for the weather during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

People wait for the festivities to begin. Preparations
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Spectators wait for the start of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting and the performances preceding the ceremony.

Preparations for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
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Snowflakes images are projected onto buildings near Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

A woman walks up Fifth Avenue wearing Christmas
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A woman walks up Fifth Avenue wearing Christmas lights near Rockefeller Plaza ahead of the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Preparations for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
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Trumpters are part of the 2018 holiday decorations in Rockefeller Plaza.

Preparations for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
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The 72-foot-tall, 75-year-old Norway spruce, nicknamed Shelby, glows green before the  2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

People view the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Spectators are treated to a light show outside Saks Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Plaza before the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

Attendees for the show that precedes the Rockefeller
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The spectators waiting for the performances and the 2018 Rockefeller Center tree lighting filled the plaza and surrounding streets.

People watch from the upper floors of Rockefeller
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People on the upper floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza watch the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Scenes before the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
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Thousands gather for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The Radio City Rockettes perform at the Rockefeller
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The Radio City Rockettes perform during the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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