Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The holiday season is coming with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in place.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 77th annual lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
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The moment has arrived: the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was officially lit Dec. 2.
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Zach Levi and Jane Krakowski hosted the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.
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Michael Buble waits out the rain before the official tree lighting.
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Tens of thousands of people packed the streets around the giant tree under a steady light rain to catch performances by Aretha Franklin (pictured), Barry Manilow, Shakira, the Radio City Rockettes and others.
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This year's tree lighting ceremony looked a little different. Producers at NBC decided to forgo ice skating performances this year in favor of getting some audience members closer to the action.
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Aretha Franklin performs at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.
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The tree, before it was officially lit, at the 77th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2.
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Weighing in at 10 tons, the tree is decorated with 30,000 multicolored lights.
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A choir rehearses prior to the tree lighting ceremony.
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Onlookers pass by Saks Fifth Ave. before the 77th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2.
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Kids look at the Christmas Tree during the annual lighting ceremony.
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The famous is topped with a Swarovski crystal star twinkling with 700 energy-efficient bulbs. It will be lit until Jan. 7.
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During the weeks that the tree is lit, about 750,000 people will come through the Rockefeller Center plaza and the below-ground shopping concourse every day, said center spokesman Keith Douglas.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg also helped light the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday night, ushering in the tourist season for one of the city's busiest holiday shopping districts.
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A worker cleans up around a 76-foot Norway spruce Christmas tree from Connecticut put into place at Rockefeller Center Thursday.
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Crowds gather around the magnificent tree.
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The tree on its slow ascend upwards.
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A crane is seen lifting the tree into place, but it won't be lit until Dec. 2.
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Window view of a crane hoisting the Norway spruce in place.
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Crowds gather to see the excitement.
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At last, the tree is in place.
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Office worker peering out the window.
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