efe-epaNew York City, USA

Christmas arrived in New York on Wednesday with the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree, the Norway Spruce at Rockefeller Center, an event attended by thousands of people who defied an intensely cold autumn day.

The highly-anticipated live televised event, which takes place during the week after Thanksgiving, featured performances by legendary band Chicago and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as John Legend, the first to take the stage, and Brett Eldredge. EFE-EPA