The attached link takes you to an interesting website featuring stories on the lighting of the 2004 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on Tuesday, November 30. It's a two-hour live television broadcast on NBC-TV. Granted, the program is very, very, very long and includes all kinds of "entertainment", much of which has little, if any, connection with the Christmas season. Still, it's a wonderful tradtion, and if you're available, you might want to tune in.
Every year's show features performances by several well-known figure skaters. I recall the show of, perhaps, seven or eight years ago, in which Katarina Witt skated an absolutely stunning interpretation to "Silent Night", which was played by Kenny G.
In 1998, the featured skater was Kristi Yamaguchi, who was then newly engaged. Her parents accompanied her to New York, and they told Al Roker that this was their first trip to the Big Apple. Kristi skated several lovely pieces, and, boy, did she look beautiful.
A number of years ago Scott Hamilton was the featured skater. Unfortunately, the weather was terrrible - a pouring rain - and Scott skated all of his numbers in driving rain. He managed to skate well, despite the soaked ice, and he showed a lot of class and humor at the situation. I guess it was a situation in which all you could do was laugh.
Kathryn Healy was the featured skater for one of the shows. Kathryn did not win any major figure skating competitions, yet she had an incredibly balletic style, with gorgeous spread eagles, split jumps, and other artistic moves.
Elaine Zayak was the featured skater when she was 15 - just a few weeks before winning the US title (in 1981). She zipped around the rink and landed several of her patented triple toes.