Justin Bieber and Tony Bennett also added to the holiday spirit, but through pre-taped performances, much to the dismay of any Bieber fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the 17-year-old star in person.
If Bieber had attended the actual event, it would have likely caused even more traffic jams in midtown Manhattan. President Barack Obama's New York visit - also on Wednesday - resulted in major gridlock earlier in the day.
The 74-foot-tall Norway Spruce tree, which was cut down in Mifflinville, Pa., will be up until Jan. 7. After that, it gets transformed into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.
The first official Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony took place in 1933.