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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Event Details

The 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting of the National Christmas Tree and holiday performances is set for December 3, 2020! The National Park Service and National Park Foundation will not host a live audience for this year’s event, but the online show promises to bring lots of joy to your home and is available on demand throughout the holiday season. For more information and updates about the event, please visit thenationaltree.org .

Event History

This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree.В

Nearly 100 years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.В

After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.

Event Details

The 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting of the National Christmas Tree and holiday performances is set for December 3, 2020! The National Park Service and National Park Foundation will not host a live audience for this year’s event, but the online show promises to bring lots of joy to your home and is available on demand throughout the holiday season. For more information and updates about the event, please visit thenationaltree.org .

Event History

This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree.В

Nearly 100 years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.В

After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.

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Important Dates for 2019 Event

  • Lottery Opens: October 15, 2019 (10am EST)
  • Lottery Closes: October 21, 2019 (10am EST)
  • Lottery Results Announced: November 4, 2019
  • Event Date: December 5, 2019

Ticket Information

  • There is no charge for entering the lottery
  • Tickets are also free, but limited to 5 per household
  • All attendees, regardless of age, are required to have a ticket
  • Only one application allowed per household; all other applications will be voided
  • Ensure your account contact information is correct and current as your email address will be used for lottery and ticket communications
  • Results will be announced on November 4, and emails will be sent to all lottery winners with instructions on printing tickets for the event
  • For more information, please visit https://thenationaltree.org В

Changes and Cancellations

No refunds once tour starts. See Facility Rates for fees.

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Lottery for White House Christmas tree lighting opens

October 15, 2019, 5:59 AM

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Families looking for a memorable way to celebrate the holiday season can enter a lottery for tickets to the White House Christmas tree lighting starting Tuesday morning.

The National Park Service said those interested can enter an online ticket lottery starting 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, until 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

Like usual, tickets are free of charge — the challenge is in scoring them.

To enter, visit recreation.gov and click “ticket lottery” or call 877-444-6777 once the lottery has started.

Winners will be notified on Nov. 4.

This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Dec. 5, featuring evening musical performances and, of course, the gigantic eponymous pine tree on the White House ellipse.

This year will mark 97 years since the ceremony began under President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.

Tickets to the White House Christmas tree lighting will be awarded through a lottery opening Tuesday morning. ]]>