Leslie Odom Jr., Rockettes perform at NYC Christmas tree lighting (15 images)

Crowds gathered at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday night for the 85th annual Christmas tree lighting. Performers included Gwen Stefani, Seal and the Radio City Rockettes. The tree will remain lit for viewing through January 7. Photos by John Angelillo/UPI
Updated: Nov. 30, 2017 at 11:03 AM
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Leslie Odom Jr. performs before the Christmas tree is lit. The Broadway star welcomed his first child, Lucille Ruby, with wife Nicolette Robinson earlier this year.
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The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is a New York tradition dating back to 1931 when construction workers for the center put up a tree in the holiday spirit.
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The Radio City Rockettes' annual Christmas Spectacular is running through Jan. 2 of next year. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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The Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular has been a New York City tradition since its inception in 1933 and embraces both entertainment and a wholesome seasonal message in classic style.
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Lester Holt (L) accompanies the hosts of "Today" (L-R) Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker as they host the broadcast for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Matt Lauer, a familiar face in morning news as the anchor of "Today" for two decades, was fired by NBC News on Wednesday after a female colleague made a detailed complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb broke the news during their morning broadcast yesterday. Guthrie said, "We are heartbroken. I'm heartbroken for Matt -- he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here. And I'm heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell."
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Hoda Kotb spoke on "The Hoda Show" in regard to the nature of Matt Lauer's departure saying, "I think, in life people commit sins.” She lauded the woman who came forward saying, “It takes a lot of bravery to come forward as a woman in these kinds of situations. And when you’re in such a difficult or horrible situation and you do come forward, that’s an act of bravery. And we understand that, too.”
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