Clay Aiken – A Symbol of The Holiday Season

On Wednesday, the Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show posted the following tweet:

We’ve been rockin’ around the Christmas tree from the time we were just .

How fun to see Clay and Ruben as toddlers.  Heh, Clay…love those overalls!

There is nothing that symbolizes the commencement of the holiday season more than the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The Ceremony is always a fun event full of pomp and celebrities.

On Wednesday night, New York celebrated the 86th Annual Lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.  This year’s tree is a 72-foot Norway spruce.

According to Rockefeller Center:

As for the tree, it has more than 50,000 — some 5 miles — of multicolored LED lights. It is topped with a newly designed Swarovski-crystal star that has 3 million crystals, 70 glass spikes and a brightness of 106,000 lumens.


This year the entertainment included Tony Bennett, John Legend, Diane Krall, and Kelly Pickler.

On November 30, 2004, Clay Aiken was part of the star-studded hour-long special on NBC celebrating the lighting the world’s most famous tree.

Co-hosts for the evening were Al Roker and Nancy O’Dell. Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes skated to Vanessa Williams who sang “Silver and Gold.”

Besides Clay, the musical lineup for the special included performances by Hilary Duff, Kenny Chesney, Tony Bennett, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Chris Isaak, Michael Buble, Vanessa Williams, and The Radio City Rockettes. Chicago was the special house band for national telecasts.

Clay was dressed for cold weather in an overcoat, striped scarf and a black hat. Clay sang “Winter Wonderland” during the National broadcast, and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful” during the earlier hour broadcast that was only shown in New York.

At the beginning of Clay’s live segment during the National Broadcast, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Clay, as it was his 26th birthday. Towards the end of the show, Clay joined the line of guests, as they closed the show by singing the song, “Let It Snow.”

Clay Aiken fans were excited to see Clay as a part of this exciting evening. It was an excellent opportunity to be seen and for people to be introduced to Clay’s Christmas album. “Merry Christmas With Love.”

Have you ever seen the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in person?

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3 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Symbol of The Holiday Season

  1. I've never been to the lighting of the Rockefeller tree, but I did see it a week or two later many years ago. It was so exciting to see Clay on TV in 2004 singing Christmas songs on his 26th birthday at the tree lighting ceremony.

  2. no i have never ever went to go to rockafeller see lighting of the Christmas tree it was very exciteing to see clay on the tv screan and his 26 birthday and singing Christmas carols in 2004

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