Let's be real, here in NYC, after Halloween, sure there's Thanksgiving, but this season is really just a countdown to when the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lights up.

Sure, most of us wouldn't dare to go within a block radius of Rockefeller Plaza during this season but we know it's there. We just know.

This year, the Tree will be lit for the first time next Wednesday, November 30th and will stay up until January 7th, 2017.

If you're feeling particularly brave, as usual, there will be live performances taking place from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The tree itself will be lit at 8:55 p.m. We recommend showing up much earlier.

Notably, Mariah Carey is missing from the list of performers this year and we're not sure how we're going to go on without her. In her place will be Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Kelly, and the Radio City Rockettes. 

But nope, no Mariah this year.

As reported by Time Out, the hosts will be Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Hoda Kotb.

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, and Jordan Smith will also be making appearances.


If you're looking to get a good spot, maybe you should just hang around as soon as your Turkey's off the table?


ICYMI, the Tree this year is a Norway Spruce from a backyard in Oneonta.

[via TimeOut NY] [Feature Image Courtesy NewYork.com]