The annual ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Graves will sing holiday songs with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus; NYCB dancers will perform an excerpt from The Nutcracker. Also scheduled to perform are Broadway great Barbara Cook, Big Apple Circus aerialist Sergey Akimov, and the Klezmatics with gospel singer Joshua Nelson.
The tree will be lit at 5:57 p.m. with assistance from Mickey Mouse and "magic light wands" provided to the audience. This year's tree, a blue spruce, is from Saugerties, New York, where it grew for more than 35 years in the front yard of the Resso family home.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live in New York on WABC Channel 7, with meteorologist Sam Champion as host.
For more information, call 212-875-5456 or visit www.lincolncenter.org.