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‘Tis THE Season….Rock Center Tree is Lit!!!

‘Tis THE Season….Rock Center Tree is Lit!!!

The Greatest Time of Year in The Greatest City in The World kicked into high gear last evening with the lighting of the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas, a star studded spectacular three hour event filled with performances, both live and pre-recorded, from the top names in entertainment from Broadway, TV, Movies, and Music culminating with NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and a cast of dignitaries flipping the symbolic switch to light the massive 77 foot spruce. This years event, like many I cover here for T2COnline, was, as I mentioned above, “Star Studded” which creates a dilemma for myself as the photographer covering this show – What celebrity photo do I lead with, do I start with the headliner, do post in chronological order, do I just lead with my best photo of the night? What if Ne-Yo gets upset that Lea Michele photo went first? Does Billy Porter see my coverage and think,”hmmmm he didn’t lead my photo, what? he lead with Idina Menzel?” Normally I just lead with my favorite photo of the evening. Last evening however my lead photo came after the show, after all the celebrities had moved indoors at 30 Rock to the after parties and the crowds were heading home or back to their hotels. Today’s lead photo features members of the NYPD standing watch as the crowds head home. Just wanted to say Thank You to all of the brave women & men of the NYPD for making large scale public events such as this possible, safe and secure for all to enjoy. If you see a member of the NYPD this holiday season feel free to walk up and Thank them for their service. God Bless The NYPD.

Billy Porter and Idina Manzele treated the crowd to a wonderful duet, preformed with an amazing chemistry. Photo by Brian Hester.

This years show featured live performances by Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, NE-YO, Straight No Chaser, Jordan Fisher, Skylar Astin & Alex Newell, with appearances by Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, Radio City Rockettes; additional performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Chicago, Brett Eldredge, John Legend and Gwen Stafani. Oh and a 77 foot tall Norway Spruce.

Idina Menzel preforms a holiday classic at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
NE-YO preforms a holiday classic at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester

This year’s tree comes from the home of Carol Schultz in the village of Florida in Orange County, NY. The tree was cut down on November 7th and arrived in New York City on November 9th, where it was raised into place. A small army of workers spent the next few weeks placing more than 50,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights, strung on five miles of wire to decorate the 12-ton, 77 foot-tall, 46-foot wide Norway Spruce. The tree is topped off with a 900 pound Swarovski Star made up of 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals. Mrs. Schultz relayed how she had purchased the tree as tiny sapling in 1959 and placed it on the coffee table in her family home. The following spring she planted the tree in her yard where her children, grand children and great grand children enjoyed decorating it an playing in its branches as small children.

NE_YO preforms a holiday classic at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester

Lea Michele performed several numbers including new Christmas songs that the crowd loved. Lea has been very busy lately as she filmed a new Christmas movie, Same Time, Next Christmas, that airs for the first time tonight at 9:00 pm on ABC. She will be preforming a special Christmas concert for three nights only featuring music from the new Album of the same name, Christmas in New York. If I’m lucky I may get to cover that show for Broadway readers and maybe even get a short video interview with the amazingly beautiful and talented and busy, Lea Michele. Hey Christmas wishes right. To purchase tickets click here

Lea Michele preforms a holiday classic at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester

One of the highlights of last evening for me were two adorable children that I had the chance to meet, and their wonderful parents. What is Christmas if not seen through the wide eyes of a child that believes in the true spirit of Christmas. For me that amazement has always been one of the best parts of the season. These two were so cute that I had to ask their parents if it would be ok to interview them. Too Cute. Brellen and Sophie are brother and sister ages 6 & 4. I didn’t get a contact from their folks but I gave them my info so I hope that they get to see this. This is certain to brighten your week. Enjoy.

Our surprise video guests Brellin and Sophia and their parents at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting. Cute Kids. Adorable. Kind of hoping the parents find this photo, Family Christmas Card material right there, correct? Photo by Brian Hester
There she is, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, making an appearance at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
Rock & Roll legend Jon Bon Jovi preforms via video at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
Derek & Julianne Hough preforms at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
Skylar Astin & Alex Newell from NBC’s midseason drama, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” preform at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
The Ah Capella group Straight No Chaser preform a holiday classic at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
Brett Eldredge preforms a holiday classic at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Photo by Brian Hester
Mario Lopez returned again this year to host the event. Photo by Brian Hester
Last year Mario asked me if I could snap a pic of him and his beautiful family with his cell phone. I obliged. Cant tell you how many hours I spent watching Saved By The Bell with my daughter. So I asked him for a selfie. Nicest guy in the world. Photo by Brian Hester

So I try to not get start struck and remember the golden rule “Of them Not with them” But each year I seem to get lucky with one mega start or two. By that I mean they chat with you while working their way through the photo line, they are friendly. they say “Yes”, when you ask if you can get a quick selfie. Some stars say no thanks and I respect that. But I love when you meet the mega starts and they are down to earth and friendly. Thanks for the pic Billy Porter. I got the chance to tell Mr. Porter that all of the photographers love when he arrives at an event as we all can’t wait to see what style he has come up with for the night. Fashion Icon. Photo by Brian Hester

Photo by Brian Hester

NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and members of the Tishman Speyer team look up and observe the beauty that is the Rockefeller Center Christmas shortly after they hit the symbolic switch to turn on the lights. As any true New Yorker knows, the switch they hit doesn’t actually light the tree That would require a union electrician, most likely one of my IBEW sisters or brother, I’m guessing Local 3. Safety first.

All in all a fantastic evening was had be all in attendance with an amazing show combined with the lighting of The World’s Most Famous Christmas Tree. The Best Season of The Year in The Greatest City in The World. Enjoy a few additional photos in the gallery below.

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Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at www.brianbehindthelens.com

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