For over eight decades, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is today a world-wide symbol of the holidays and synonymous with New York City. The 2017 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29. Live performances in the past have included Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, the Rockettes and more. This year the performances will be 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions will watch it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.