Spotted: Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart getting festive at NYC’s Rockefeller Center

Crowds gather as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York
Crowds gather as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York

 

Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart brought some Christmas cheer to New York city last night as the 45,000 LED lights of the Rockefeller Christmas tree were lit.

Tens of thousands of chilly spectators braved the near-freezing temperatures to watch the live performances of ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ as the city celebrated the ┬ábeginning of Christmas.

Other celebs there included, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, Il Volo, Victoria Justice, Brooke White, Trace Adkins and Tony Bennett, along with appearances by Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who flipped the switch to light the tree.

 

Singer CeeLo Green performed in a sleigh with the Muppets

Singer Cee Lo Green performs with the Muppet characters at the Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Singer Cee Lo Green performs with the Muppet characters

 

The Iconoc Angels light up the path to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
The Iconoc Angels light up the path to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

 

Illuminated by more than 30,000 lights, the tree from the Mount Olive, N.J. – home of Joe Balku – was topped by a Swarovski star. The 10-ton tree had been at the homestead for years, measuring about 22-feet tall in 1973 when Balku bought the house.

 

Rod Stewart entertained the crowds at the 80th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in New York City
Rod Stewart entertained the crowds at the 80th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in New York City

 

Mariah Carey brought some sparkle to the show
Mariah Carey brought some sparkle to the show

 

 

Mariah Carey and Santa sang 'All I Want for Chrstmas'
Mariah Carey and Santa sang 'All I Want for Chrstmas'

 

The tradition of a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center started in 1931, when workers building the center put up the first one. No tree was put up the following year, and in 1933, the first tree-lighting ceremony took place.


Actors Billy Crystal and Bette Midler also appeared at Rockefeller live show to celebrate the lighting of the 80-foot tall Christmas tree
Actors Billy Crystal and Bette Midler also appeared at Rockefeller live show to celebrate the lighting of the 80-foot tall Christmas tree

 

People will be able to view the tree until Jan. 7 2013 and then it will be turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

 

Star of Wonder: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 80th annual lighting ceremony in New York this evening