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5 Great Moments from Christmas in Rockefeller Center —  Including Dolly Parton and Her Guitar!

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The annual NBC special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, aired on Wednesday night with heartwarming musical performances that got audiences into the spirit of holiday cheer.

The special, hosted by Today Show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb, featured exciting musical guests such as Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and more.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center was attended by many who endured frigid weather and rain to hear some of music’s biggest names bring in the lighting of the tree, a tradition that dates back to 1933.

Dolly Parton and Her Guitar

The night’s biggest musical guest, Parton, sang a slow and sweet rendition of her song “Coat of Many Colors,” wearing a bejeweled red dress with teardrop red earrings, while strumming her mosaic guitar.

The song was perfect for the event, as it tells the story of loving your family and celebrating the small joys you’re blessed with.

Country Music Idols Bring the Love

Country music’s lovebirds, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, also sang at the event, giving a loving rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

As they lightly danced across the stage, it was hard not to get into the spirit of the holidays, especially when they were giving us #relationshipgoals.

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The couple has had a big year so far. Brooks recently won the entertainer of the year award at the CMA’s and announced a joint holiday album with Yearwood. The album, titled “Christmas Together,” is their first duet album.

Pentatonix Vocalize a Christmas Classic

The Grammy award-winning a capella group Pentatonix sang “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” vocalizing all the instruments and lyrics in their signature style.

The group has been taking the musical world by storm, recently, partnering up with Parton and Miley Cyrus for a performance of “Jolene” on The Voice.

The Rockettes Keep Tradition Alive

The holidays aren’t the same without tradition, and that’s exactly what the Radio City Rockettes gave.

With their sparkling white dresses and iconic high kicks, the legendary troupe performed before the massive 94-foot high tree. The precision dance company has performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City since 1932, just one year before the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center became a tradition.

Lighting the Tree — with Saturday Night Live

Alec Baldwin and SNL costar Kate McKinnon had the honor of lighting the 90-year-old Norway Spruce tree, along with Baldwin’s 3-year-old daughter, Carmen and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Right before lighting the tree, Baldwin held his daughter’s hand in his and helped her turn the switch. About 50,000 lights shone brightly as “Joy to the World” began playing, marking the beginning of the holiday season.