Let the festivities begin! Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart help turn on Christmas lights at NYC's Rockefeller Center
Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart belted out some classic Christmas tunes as the 45,000 LED lights of the Rockefeller Christmas tree were lit on Wednesday night.
Tens of thousands of chilly spectators braved the near-freezing temperatures to watch the live performances of 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' as the city celebrated the advent of the rundown to Christmas Day.
The broadcast was hosted by NBC's Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie and featured Carey singing her hit, 'All I Want for Christmas' in a pre-recorded performance and Stewart appear live to croon 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' before Mayor Michael Bloomberg flipped the switch.
The centrepiece of affairs though was an 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through Superstorm Sandy was transformed into a beacon of shimmering glory Wednesday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others turned its lights on at Rockefeller Center.
Thousands of onlookers crowded behind barricades on the streets that surrounded the center during the traditional tree-lighting ceremony for the Christmas holiday season. A video screen projected an image of the tree for those who did not have a direct line of sight.
His 'n' hers?
Rihanna rolls up and splashes out on new Rolex watch to celebrate topping US chart...as Chris Brown buys the male version
They've done nothing to quash rumours that they're back together. And now Rihanna and Chris Brown have sparked more speculation after splashing out on matching Rolex watches, on the same day.
The musicians, who have admitted to putting the past behind them and becoming friends again, both posted pictures of themselves wearing brand new Rolex's on Wednesday.
Rihanna seemed to be celebrating the fact that her new album Unapologetic had reached number one in the US by splashing out on the new wrist-wear, showing it off on Twitter.
Her former boyfriend Chris Brown sparked more romance rumours by following in the footsteps of his friend and posting a picture of himself wearing the male version of her Rolex on his Instagram account.
He then added a photo of a number of the watches on a table, perhaps suggesting that he had given the watch to the 24-year-old superstar.
The pair have been spotted out and about together a number of times over the last few months and Rihanna has spoken out about her affection for her ex-boyfriend, despite his arrest for abusing her.
The pair are yet to confirm that they are item, but have done little to deny the rumours.
Lindsay Lohan 'punched' glamorous blonde psychic palm reader in NYC club as she tried to woo boyband heartthrob
Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan has been arrested after allegedly punching a blonde psychic at a New York nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning - in a row over Max George from The Wanted.
The 26-year-old actress was at Avenue in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking district, where she is believed to have punched Tiffany Eve Mitchell, 28, a blonde psychic card reader from Florida.
The flame-haired star is said to have a crush on Max, 24, and attempted to get backstage to see the hunk after his chart-topping band supported Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden.
Despite being banned, she met up with the boyband at the celebrity haunt, and the evening descended into chaos as Max started chatting up another woman - not married Mitchell - riling Lohan, a source close to the band confirmed to MailOnline.