Rockefeller Center tree lighting: Diana Ross, Tony Bennett and other things you missed

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is lit. It’s time for much mistletoe-ing and hearts all a-glowing and being of good cheer.

The hosts of “Today” were on hand Wednesday night for a live star-studded celebration leading up to the official illumination of the 50,000 lights on the 72-foot-tall Norway spruce. On top, a brand new, 9-foot-4-inch topper made of Swarovski crystals backlit by LEDs.

If you didn’t tune in for the two-hour “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” extravaganza on NBC, you missed some stellar performances and funky fashion. Lucky for you, we were watching and we have the big moments you missed.

The a cappella band performs without musical accompaniment, so it’s no wonder they marched to their own drummer when it came to fashion. Kirstin Maldonado rocked a sleeveless puffy dress? coat? that looked like it could have been made from a purple sleeping bag. It looked warm, though! Next to her, Scott Hoying sported a turquoise overcoat over plaid pants and Mitch Grassi bundled up in a super-shiny black belted trench and sparkly boots. Matt Sallee and Kevin Olusola looked positively understated in plaid and basic black.

Pentatonix opened “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
Pentatonix opened “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” (Photo: JASON SZENES, EPA-EFE)

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall
Jazz singer Krall and 92-year-old pop legend Bennett may have rehearsed for the show, but it didn’t appear it was together. The two missed cues and trampled one another during “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and didn’t have much more success with their second performance, “The Christmas Song.”


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