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How to watch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting

Morgan Hines
USA TODAY
Lake Sun Leader

Like everywhere else in the world, Christmas season in New York City has a different feel this year – and that includes the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

"If there was ever a year that we needed a tree lighting celebration, it's 2020," Craig Melvin, "Today" show and MSNBC anchor, who is hosting the event alongside "Today" co-anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker, told USA TODAY.

While the typical tree lighting draws massive crowds this year's ceremony will be closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to spread throughout the country.

But NBC's annual special, “Christmas in Rockefeller Center," which features the tree lighting, will still air live on Wednesday night (8 EST/delayed PST).