01/06/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Wednesday, at dusk, in New York (where today's wind-chill factors are distinctly North Pole-ish). Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, 'N Sync and Rosemary Clooney will perform. Matt Lauer, who will host the televised event (on NBC), said he plans to bundle himself up "like the Michelin Tire Man."

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