2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, DC


When: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hot Spot: The Ellipse near the White House, Washington, DC

Deets: In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 93 years later, this American holiday tradition continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace.

Who You May Spot: The First Family, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams, James Taylor, The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, Eva Longoria, Afro Blue, Airmen of Note

Hint For The Average Socialite: You can participate in this time-honored tradition by entering a ticket lotterybetween 10 A.M. (EDT) Friday, October 7 – 10 A.M. (EDT) Monday, October 10.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting will be televised on Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5 at 7 P.M. ET/PT.

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