Dolly Parton, Gwen Stefani to Perform at Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting: How to Watch

by Kayla Zadel

Dolly Parton is getting ready for a lit celebration, and joining her will be Gwen Stefani and others. They’re performing tonight (Dec. 2) at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting.

Both Dolly Parton and Gwen Stefani are staying busy this year. Parton’s sharing Christmas time cheer with a Netflix special, and a new holiday album. Stefani is back as one of the judges on “The Voice” and recently got engaged to Blake Shelton. Now, they’re adding performing at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light to their lists.

The Rockefeller Tree lighting festivities include musical performances for NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Parton is headlining the long-standing tradition. Her last performance during the special was in 2016.

As a matter of fact, joining Parton and Stefani are Dan + Shay and Brett Eldredge. Additionally, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, Goo Goo Dolls, Pentatonix, Jimmy Fallon, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., and Earth, Wind & Fire are performing.

Also, the cast of Tony-winning musical Ain’t Too Proud and the Radio City Rockettes are taking the stage at the lighting tonight.

How to Watch ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’

All of the tree lighting celebrations will be live on NBC Wednesday (Dec. 2) evening. The ceremony starts at 8 pm EST. As always, TODAY anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker will host the tree lighting.

However, due to the pandemic, there will be no public access to Rockefeller Plaza for the festivities.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree Facts

The tree lighting ceremony has been part of the Rockefeller Center holiday celebrations since 1931. Moreover, the tree lighting’s been broadcast live around the world since 1951, TODAY reports.

This year’s tree traveled from Oneota, New York with a stowaway. The Norway spruce is 75-feet tall and 45-feet wide. It weighs about 11-tons. Additionally, layering the chosen tree is more than 50,000 multicolored LED lights.

A Swarovski star will sit atop the massive spruce. The star was designed in 2018 by architect Daniel Libeskind. Furthermore, it weighs about 900-pounds and features 3 million crystals.

The tree will be coming down in January after serving its purpose. Moreover, the wood will be milled into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.