An estimated 100,000 people crowded the streets of Manhattan, New York last night (29NOV06) to witness the star-studded Christmas tree lighting festivities at the Rockefeller Center.
The two-hour extravaganza, which was televised across America, was headlined by Christina Aguilera and featured show-stopping performances from Enya, Sarah Mclachlan and American Idol winner TAYLOR HICKS.
Olympic ice skater SASHA COHEN performed solo on the centre's ice rink as Aguilera performed her latest hit Hurt to highlight the evening.
Unusually warm temperatures for the Big Apple brought music fans out in force, turning the free Christmas tree lighting concert, which also featured performances by John Legend, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Sting, HALL + OATES and Lionel Richie, into one of the best attended ever.
Disgraced comedian Tracy Morgan, who was arrested earlier this week on drink driving charges, was supposed to join his 30 ROCK castmates Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey for the lighting switch-on, but failed to show.