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NBC announced Tuesday (Nov. 27) that Ella Mai, the New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Rob Thomas and the Radio City Rockettes have been added to the star-studded lineup for the 86th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting.
The massive Christmas event will feature a special appearance by Howie Mandel and be hosted by NBC Today anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin.
Billy Porter and the PAL Cops & Kids Chorus in New York will also perform during the additional live hour of the broadcast, with a special introduction from Tony Danza. The opening hour will be hosted by Mario Lopez and WNBC’s Stefan Holt and Natalie Pasquarella and will be broadcast live on select NBC stations Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting will follow on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET.